But after watching the pilot episode, I couldn't have been more disappointed. It was complete crap. Either the writers didn't do their homework or the execs forced them to change the concept, but the bottom line is, there was a major disconnect between the reality of blogging and just using it as a catch phrase, or in this case "catch concept," to make money.
Here are 5 reasons the show was a total disappointment as the first foray into capturing blogging on TV:
1. The main character only posts using video. Wha? Sure, I understand that it's TV and video translates more directly, but don't tell me for one minute that having a character who writes wouldn't have worked. Two words: Carry Bradshaw. I heart the "Sex and the City" scenes of Carrie in her underwear, smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee, hunched over her laptop.
2. She immediately has a huge following. Anyone who blogs knows it can take years to attract regular visitors. And yet, after the first post introducing herself, one of her roommates comes home to say her "entire acting class" had seen it. Right.
3. She posts negatively about her friends and expects them not to find out about it. The web is like Vegas. What happens here, stays here. For all to see. Bloggers know that. It's kind of the point.
4. She posts angrily about work. What blogger doesn't know not to post about work in 2008? Well, unless they're TRYING to get fired. Dooce, anyone? And the numerous other bloggers who lost their jobs for writing on the web after her? And to make it even more unbelievable, the character starts "blogging" (running her web cam) during a meeting at the office. My eyes couldn't have rolled further back into my head.
5. Everything is so anguished. Ugh. Life. What is the meaning? I'm in love with my roommate's boyfriend's best friend who's in love with my roommate. Barf. Bloggers aren't all emo idiots.
So thanks, Quarterlife, for completely misrepresenting the blogging community. I'll take real people's real web content over that contrived crap any day.
Update: Well, Jerry just e-mailed me some information from the news feed his radio station subscribes to and here's what it said about the show:
On Tuesday night, the NBC show "Quarterlife" tanked in the ratings, with only 3.1 million viewers. It was NBC's worst performance in that 10 p.m. Tuesday night spot in 17 years. It's pretty likely that the show will either be canceled, or moved to cable. There's word it might be heading to Bravo, which is owned by NBC.
Good. Maybe the second character who blogs will do it a little more justice.