TV Today: Quarterlife


Quarterlife, the Web series from My So-Called Life producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick that premieres on MySpace TV today, is being hailed as the series that could help bring Web-only programming into its own. The show was originally written as a pilot for ABC, but when the network turned it down, they decided to take it to the Web — while sticking as close to network-caliber production as possible.

In interviews, the two have sounded almost evangelistic about their choice to leave traditional TV for the Internet; Herskovitz even wrote an op-ed for the LA Times about how the current television environment is poisonous to creativity. So I guess there's a little irony in the recent stories that the show could end up on TV after all, with NBC reportedly looking to air it as soon as February.

All of that, though, just makes me more curious to check out the show, about a 20-something video blogger whose penchant for putting her life online drives a wedge between her and her friends. As I noted when I first watched the trailer, I'm not sure if the sorts of quasi-deep lines that were so meaningful to me in My So-Called Life are only going to strike me as hollow and cheesy now that I'm older. But the episodes are just eight minutes long, so I figure I can give a few of them a try. To watch the trailer for Quarterlife, just read more

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