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TV Series Review

Some people think that to make it big in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, you have to sell your soul.

Not true, CW tells us. Oh, you might have to sell your body and your decency and your self-respect and maybe your plasma. But your soul? Your agent hardly ever asks for that.

Welcome to The L.A. Complex, the place where dreams may not go to die, exactly, but are certainly hooked up to life support. It's home to an assortment of wannabes and at least one has-been. There's Abby, who left her home and boyfriend in Toronto to become an actress. There's Tariq, a fledgling hip-hop producer. There's Nick, a comedian who must overcome the fact he's not very funny. There's Alicia, a dancer who moonlights as another, less dressed sort of dancer. And there's Raquel, a one-time teen star now losing roles to actresses barely out of puberty. Presiding over this motley bunch is Connor Lake, a rare actor who made it. Or, at least, he made a successful pilot.

The series plays on all the myths and stereotypes that have been built around L.A. for decades now: It's beautiful and unforgiving, a land of opportunity and broken dreams. Every barista is a comedian, every stripper an actress and every pretty person a possible bedmate for the night.

At times it can offer moments of insight. But it mostly presents us with a divide: On one side sits its own ethos, and on the other, the social mores of much of America. While much has been made of the outrageous content and morals recently found in MTV's short-lived Skins, little has surfaced about the lower-profile L.A. Complex. Here's the truth though: The two shows differ only by degree. We see strippers and sexual encounters. And while some seem to want to be monogamous, such unions are, in this world, constantly in flux. Characters blithely take drugs.

Granted, these young adults are all of age, and that's something. But they feel so foreign to me as to resemble visitors from the planet Vesiligus.

For a quick example we need look no further than the pilot: Connor and Abby sleep together shortly after they meet. That's a crying shame, but it's nothing we haven't seen before. It's when they wake up that Vesiligus starts to rise in the south: both were too drunk and/or stoned to realize neither used protection, so they trot off to the local pharmacy to pick up, in Connor's words, "one of those morning after things." They buy it, and Connor asks whether he might be able to get a dozen. You know, for future use. As he leaves, he tells the pharmacist, "I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot of each other."

Abby takes the pill, which makes her throw up in the middle of an audition. This prompts the director to refer to what he calls an old showbiz saying: "When there's vomit on the piano, it's time to stop the audition."

And maybe the TV series too.

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Episode Reviews

LA-Complex: 5-1-2012
LA-Complex: 4-24-2012

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Drama

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Jonathan Patrick Moore as Connor Lake; Joe Dinicol as Nick Wagner; Chelan Simmons as Alicia Lowe; Cassie Steele as Abby Vargas; Benjamin Charles Watson as Tariq Muhammad; Jewel Staite as Raquel Westbrook

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CW

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Reviewer

Paul Asay

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