On the Idiot Box: "East Los High," "King & Maxwell" and "Pretty Wicked Moms"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Young love: A scene from "East Los High."

East Los High
Currently streaming on Hulu.com
Captive audience: Young Latino audiences; people who never believed a minute of 90210 because there weren’t any Latinos around.
Moment of truth: This new half-hour drama, exclusively streaming on Hulu, follows a bunch of Latino teenagers as they learn and love at an East Los Angeles high school. As great it is to see a show starring Latinos made by Latinos, the show is a cheaply made disaster. Along with poorly written characters (Oh, look: There’s the virginal, nerdy, angelic protagonist, right next to the sassy sidekick, the vindictive school slut and the bad girl from the wrong side of the tracks), the show’s low-budget seams are painfully visible. As well-meaning as this show is, it’s no Degrassi Junior High.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

King & Maxwell
Mondays, 10pm, TNT
Captive audience: Fans of TNT’s guilty-pleasure shows; guys who still enjoy seeing Rebecca Romijn in tight outfits; my next-door neighbor, who loves David Baldacci novels.
Moment of truth: The latest show from the “We Know Drama” channel has the eternally foxy Rebecca Romijn and journeyman actor Jon Tenney as former Secret Service agents-turned-private detectives in this adaptation of David Baldacci’s series of novels. Judging from the pilot episode, the show is routinely melodramatic, with Romijn and Tenney using their wits and kicking ass when they’re not keeping up the sexual tension by constantly bickering. It’s hardly a work of genius, but it’s another reasonably entertaining show from the network that gave you acceptable comfort-food TV like Tenney’s last gig, The Closer.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlemmy.

Pretty Wicked Moms
Tuesdays, 10pm, Lifetime
Captive audience: Bitches. And people who love watching bitches on TV.
Moment of truth: Who’s ready for another reality show starring a bunch of self-centered beeyotches? Well, ready or not, here comes the uppity broads of this Lifetime trainwreck. This show follows a bunch of Atlanta moms, most of them interchangeable blondes—and a couple brunettes to keep it diverse—as they raise their children and talk shit about one another. It’s bad enough most of these gals look like Kristen Wiig when she appears in that Californians skit on SNL, but they’re not even that interesting. I never thought I’d say this, but after watching this, I miss the ghetto bullshit of Basketball Wives.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

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