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July 31 2007

Cordelia Chase goes to college. Charisma Carpenter gets guest spot in "Greek".

This has been a fun show so far.

Man, ABC Family loves them some Charisma Carpenter. Good on her!
You know, I keep hearing good things about this show. Maybe I need to check it out. It looks like something I would loathe though. I guess we'll just have to see. Yay, Charisma!!!
I've watched a few episodes and it's not a bad show. Greek isn't a must see by any means but it's enjoyable enough. It will be cool to see Charisma on it. I can see her fitting in.
If only I had cable. I'll eventually take the time out to download series one. I liked the Pilot well enough.
I concur with the above sentiments. So far I've caught every episode, but I'd easily switch were something compelling to compete in it's time slot.

FWIW, the pilot episode is was a free download from the iTunes Music Store. (Sorry, the free period is over. Maybe ABC streams it online?)
The premise of this show would not offend me if it was shown on ABC alone. But the fact that it is a "ABC FAMILY" originial and is constantly advertised on said channel show rubs me the wrong way. Given, I've never watched the show but what about fraternities, alcohol and greek life is kid friendly??
MySerenity, ABC Family purposefully skews older than the Disney Channel. Disney Channel is for kids, ABC Family is for young teens through adults. That is why it is not branded as Disney.
I've noticed ABC Family getting pretty questionable myself lately. On Kyle XY, they constantly show minors drinking and having sex. Like you said, MySerenity, these things wouldn't bother me on a regular station, but it's pretty unsettling to see it on a station that markets to "families."
I understand that its not Disney, but lots of young kids that I babysit watch the channel for shows like 7th heaven, Step by Step etc...and even if they aren't watching Greek, they still see the promos with girls in their underwear and boys chugging solo-cups. All I'm saying is that the channel's slogan is "a new kind of family" and I don't think Greek is a type of show I would want my family watching together.
Doesn't 7th Heaven have some pretty heavy adult themes? I always default to, it is a parent's responsibility to vet every single program that a child watches. And every network. It is never the network's job to be the babysitter or the parent.

And since when did the word "Family" become code for suitable for children under the age of ten? I missed that memo.

[ edited by TamaraC on 2007-07-31 04:02 ]
Well, I like it...
It seems that you can watch them streamed for free on the abcfamily website.
I never said under the age of 10 and there's no need to get snarky. In fact I think its probably worse for preteens and young teens who see the commercials or show and say "I guess that's what college is all about". But listen, I'm really not try to stir up controversy here. I come from a university which is becoming notorious for its partying and alcohol-related student deaths. So when I heard about this show, part of me was upset because the media certainly isn't helping a growing problem in America. I stand by my opinion that the advertisements for this show seem to be centered around/promoting stereotypical greek life, which I don't find appropriate for ABC Family. That's all.
"preteens and young teens who see the commercials or show and say "I guess that's what college is all about"."

And they would come to a not incorrect conclusion. Seems like a perfect opportunity for a family to discuss these very real and very prevalent behaviors.
For those thinking that the show isn't for them... don't bother. I saw an episode. It pulled out every cliche in the book, it felt like watching any number of inane frat films, only in series form. My college doesn't have fraternities or sororities, so I can't comment on how realistic to me, but it definitely seems like a skewed portrayal of college life. I really felt like my hour could have been better spent. It's nice that Charisma is getting work and all, but I'm not going to be watching this show.
AnotherFireFlyfan is correct. The show is FILLED with cliched situations from various movies that you've alrady seen about Frats. I would only reccomend it as something to watch when one is bored out of one's mind.
Not one of her better pictures used there.
I don't have a problem watching the sort of things they show on Greek but I completely understand what you mean. It's like on FX I expect to hear cursing and see all sorts of unsavory things. On Disney I expect to see G rated shows. On ABC Family I don't necessarily expect to see G but I also don't expect to see the sort of things I'd see on FX. But I'm bugged whenever Cartoon Network shows a movie that isn't animated.

My college didn't allow frats for fear of hazing, but if this show is an accurate representation of a frat I'm glad I didn't have the option. It has it's moments but dear god are girls really this... well vindictive and bitchy towards each other? I'll probably keep watching it because what else is on Mondays at 9 in the summer.
"because what else is on Mondays at 9 in the summer."

The Closer and last night a rerun of The Bronx is Burning's first episode, which I missed...again.
sorry, this is off-topic, but i couldn't find anything that referenced it recently and i was hoping to get a little confirmation - tv shows on dvd posted a news bit a few weeks ago and aint it cool mentioned it today... amazon.com is showing an expected october 30th release of a region 1 angel complete collection. anyone know if this is finally the real thing?
"The Closer and last night a rerun of The Bronx is Burning's first episode, which I missed...again."

I don't like procedurals though. At least not of the variety that the Closer is. Monk is about as close to procedural as I'll get.
mollyunravel said:
sorry, this is off-topic, but i couldn't find anything that referenced it recently and i was hoping to get a little confirmation - tv shows on dvd posted a news bit a few weeks ago and aint it cool mentioned it today... amazon.com is showing an expected october 30th release of a region 1 angel complete collection. anyone know if this is finally the real thing?


Check the following thread http://whedonesque.com/comments/13663 from earlier this month.
numfar ptb - thanks so much. though i have to note, a lot of people in that thread were complaining about the price and amazon currently has it listed at just under $100 and available for pre-order (and they do pre-order price guarantee so if it goes lower than that you'll automatically recieve that price). woo! can't wait! i'll finally have both complete box sets!

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