“Audiences tend to run from confusion. So a show, for instance, where one character is named George Michael, one character is named Michael, one character is named George and one character is named George Oscar (and perhaps another character is named Oscar), will be the kind of show you can almost guarantee people won’t develop a fondness for.”
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Like the mirage, the lothario lures women in with his good looks. But it can take longer to see him for the loser he really is. ‘
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After writing “Stay cool” in everyone’s yearbook (or some smudges and squiggles that he swore said that), Jordan Catalano hitchhiked to Nashville — or was it Oklahoma City? Kansas City, maybe? — and few stories about his fate ever made the trip back to Pennsylvania, because Jordan himself sure as hell never set foot in that place again. The only rumor that circulated held that he was the frontman of a band that’s “sort of like a cross between Pearl Jam and Green Day” that remains “so close to breaking through, you have no idea.”
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It all goes something like this: Jenna is vain and insecure, so she does [X] and comes out of the debacle looking even more pathetic. She wants to sing! She wants to play Janis Joplin! She dates a male Jenna impersonator!
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TV rarely dared to portray a guy and a girl as merely friends for some time, but it did it — and did it right — with Clarissa and Sam on the ’90s Nick classic Clarissa Explains It All. To be fair, they did go on one date, but it came more out of an innocent curiosity than anything romantic, and it ended terribly. Sam was your typical, go-with-the-flow teenage boy of the ’90s, with a most impressive haircut (check out the wave on that bad boy!), who checked Clarissa’s dramatic reactions to even the most minor daily disturbances. Plus, he always entered her room by climbing in on a ladder, which is pretty badass and, in retrospect, also kind of unsettling.
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