UPDATE: The show was canceled. The last episode showed Kat and Patrick in bed together. Heh. The second season would have been a blast. Oh well.
I loved the movie. I own the DVD, and I don’t own many films. I understand it’s hard to have anyone replace the character played by Heath Ledger. They did manage to cast the original father, Larry Miller, from the movie to the show. He’s a nice familiar face.
The two “young” daughters, Kat and Bianca, are played by Lindsey Shaw and Meaghan Jette Martin. Ethan Peck plays bad-boy, or man-boy as Larry Miller calls him, Patrick. His voice is incredibly deep. Kat is the older, stuck-up, uber-socially-conscious-liberal, and hyper-competitive straight-A student who has an off-and-on again thing with Patrick. She also happens to be the funniest character on the show.
Bianca initially bounced around trying to find her place. She achieved it by sucking up to the most popular cheerleader Chastity played by Dana Davis. She was the New Orleans girl in Heroes, whose story line ended without a decent resolution.
It’s good to see her working here. She plays a character named Chastity. Fitting within the context of the latent black woman stereotype she’s a mean girl. I am hopeful they ease up on her character, but I suspect that will be her role for the life of the show. She plays a spoiled “Princess”, so I suppose I could say that’s an improvement.
Her character reminds me of those from the movie Mean Girls, so I suppose the high school dramedy thing is being consistent with its young girl portrayals. I just don’t want to see Chastity being the only one capable of displaying social derision towards others.
Overall, I enjoy the show. It’s quick witted, really funny, and since I’m an occasional prude, it’s not vulgar. It can touch on heavy duty topics and still be light and airy about it in a way that I like.