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High School Confidential

TV Tonight: High School Confidential

I often find it interesting to debate just how "real" so-called reality series like Laguna Beach and The Hills are, given that the lives of these wealthy young people are far from any reality known to most of America. While shows about the very rich provide their share of glamour and intrigue, there are plenty of compelling tales to be mined from the rest of America, especially when it comes to youth culture. One example of this is the documentary film American Teen that I was lucky enough to view at Sundance.

Another is a new reality series debuting tonight on the WE network, High School Confidential. The series, created by Sharon Liese, follows 12 girls through all four years of high school in Overland Park, Kansas. The issues facing the diverse group of girls range from body image and popularity, to disease and depression. Liese describes what motivated her to do the project:

High school can be a really painful, complicated time for a girl. It was painful for me. And what girls are experiencing today in terms of angst, the struggles and how difficult it is to forge your own identity is similar to what women faced years ago.

To find out why I'm crossing my fingers this is a good one, and to see clips of the show


On the one hand, I'm glad we're getting something besides the superficial portrayal of teenage girls who are concerned solely with money and boys. On the other hand, from the preview clips I'm a little concerned that this series might go to the other extreme, becoming mired in the gravity and overwhelming angst of being a teenage girl. Statements like, "This is where I cut myself" in the preview clips should probably be delivered with a serious tone. But why does the girl who says, "This is where I got the lead in the musical" look equally somber?

The project looks intriguing, and I'll just cross my fingers we see some smiles as well tears along the way. Either way, I'm definitely going to check out High School Confidential. What do you think?


ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i've watched the commercials, and it seems really interesting. i'm going to try and catch a re-airing of the episode.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
nomerz — Well, there'll be a new episode on Monday the 17th at 10:00 PM, and in the meantime, they'll re-air last night's first episode a few times this week, and just before the next new episode, on Monday the 17th at 9:00 PM. Click here to find out when else the first episode will re-air. :)
nomerz nomerz 9 years
any chance they're re-airing it, Buzz? I forgot about it!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i watched last night and liked it. my boyfriend says it's just because i can get a dose of REAL high school drama, instead of the scripted kind i usually watch =) i think the thing that struck me most was actually seeing how much these girls changed from freshman year to junior and senior it every day, and watching someone else have it fast-forwarded is cool to see.
Shanabbey1215 Shanabbey1215 9 years
I watched this show, but what I thought was missing was a sense of time. They kept going from one year to the next And then it would switch back and forth between years. It was interesting but you really had to pay attention.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm so upset that i missed the show - i was looking forward to it. the one thing that i thought was really interesting was how there were soo many people in that school that had major issues going on - and it's like you don't know that this is going on in your school when it could be. you tihnk that wow - how could so many people have so many major things going - 'no not in my school' - but they are in 'normal town USA' so anything can happen.
juicylove juicylove 9 years
I watched it tonight.. its actually different from what you would expect with all the highschool shows. And its a different approach than the hills where it tells whats going on as it unfolds.. they actually filmed their whole highschool careers and tell their story. and it doesnt look like theyre all rich kids? It seems like it'll be good.
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
I'm watching this show right now. I won't be able to fully judge by just the first episode, because they cover a few girls per show, but, it's pretty good so far. Interesting. And I must have missed the part where they said on here that it's based in Kansas. I wouldn't have personally guessed that from watching just now. I too think that they will go towards the extreme situations that go on in HS. They're already talking about teenage drinking and I've been watching for less than 30 minutes.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
Interesting! I hope I somehow get access to this here.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I agree that it looks interesting and could go either way. I was planning on checking it out but today I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder :)
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
This looks really good too bad I don't get that channel!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this looks interesting. If it's done well it could be good, but also has the potential to be AWFUL
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