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How Long Did The New Atlanta's Sophomore Episode Take To Get Old?

Whatever happened to the show between its promising debut and last night's episode, it ain't good.

Regular Show Attempted: The New Atlanta

Topic: Hotlanta's young elites sing, drink, fight, and fuck.

How Far I Expected To Get: To the end! I wouldn't have called the series premiere great television, but it had something to offer -- the principals had either great or regrettable hair; people who knew each other for eight minutes got into each other's faces with relish; and store-owner Emily presented as an entertaining firecracker.

The second episode fell right off a cliff, though. It felt both fake, and not nearly fake enough; the contrivances showed, but didn't create the dramatic excitement that would let me ignore them. All the air went out of it.

How Far I Did Get


What Did It: An extended segment devoted to Tribble trying on jeans at Raw Denim.

…I don't know, you guys. Now that it's introduced us to the players, the show doesn't seem to know what it wants to do, or how it wants them to interact. Is it a story about trying to make it in the music business? Three different women's lives and loves, and it all happens to go down (as it were) in Atlanta? What it means to have it all? Catfights? Because the drama we saw between Emily and Alex felt like an afterthought, and their friends did most of the shit-stirring in the end anyway.

The New Atlanta isn't willing to commit. We've seen the "singer's dreams dashed" reality-show plot before, but not from this angle; just do that. Yes, Alex is spoiled, ho-hum; she's really over the top but also not a moron, and she's very watchable. Just follow her. The struggles of a female-owned small business can make for good TV; just park the cameras in Raw Denim. (Or in Vawn's studio.) Forcing these 3-4 storylines together worked in the premiere, but now that the dust has settled, it's like, why? Why bother?

Another issue, and not a small one: it's as though the producers stepped in to give everyone acting notes. I'm not shocked by that or anything, but what made the show worth watching last week despite the dog's-breakfast collection of barely-acquainted stories was a more genuine than usual vibe. In the second ep, everyone's pretty clearly acting/reciting. I have enough shows in the rotation with that going on; I don't need one that's also having an identity crisis.

Worth Taking Another Run At It? An other, maybe, but if I suspect the show itself stopped caring about these people after one episode, why should I bother?

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