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I admit that I secretly adore trashy teen soaps. But my love for trashy teen soaps is grossly overshadowed by my hatred for Kevin Williamson. He, who gave us that misogynistic crime against humanity Dawson's Creek
, decided to try another hand at teen drama last summer with Hidden Palms
. Williamson's latest venture starred the smushed-faced Taylor Handley
who gained notoriety as the mentally unstable Oliver Trask on The O.C.
The only good thing about the show was that it didn't make it past eight episodes.
Handley plays the part of Johnny Miller, a troubled teen who dives into drug and alcohol abuse after his father's suicide and, after a stint in rehab, comes back to live with his mother and her new husband in Palm Springs, California. Unbeknownst to Johnny, the lush community of Palm Springs is haunted by the death of one of their own, a boy named Eddie who lived in Johnny's very room before his untimely death.
Honestly, I didn't make it to the end of the short-lived series, and I never found out who killed Eddie. Frankly, I don't care and I think I'm better off not knowing. Williamson has a way of trying to be edgy and seductive and hip, but instead comes across exceedingly irritating and smug. I really couldn't watch more than three episodes before wanting to take a gun to my own head.
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