Our six core “MED” stars, a “Friends”-like mix of three girls and three guys, are so achingly dull that they lack even the good time gaucheness of Snooki and company on “Jersey Shore” or the campy drama of “The Real Housewives” franchise. Having too much money may be a burden (one I think most of us wouldn’t mind carrying for a while), but having too much money, little common sense and a lack of interest in the world at large makes for people whom you’d like to hold under water until they stop moving, just so you don’t have to listen to them speak. The problem of course, is that there’s nothing to like about either Courtney or Matt.
Oddly enough, these people do not make for great television. I’m fairly sure this is a “will they or won’t they” plot cooked up by the producers (they’re like “Friends”! Courtney seems to think she’s the funny raconteur on the show, which really means she’s one of those people who monopolizes cocktail party conversation when no one particularly cares what she has to say but her fellow guests are too polite to point this out.
“Our brand offers a unique environment for our viewers to escape with drama that is fun and funny, yet far from their normal reality,” said Jerry Leo, executive vice president of Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks and Production for Bravo. “Thom and Carson Project” (Working Title) Produced by Critical Content and Free Range Media with David Metzler, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, Jason Hollis and Grace Lee-Toumanidis serving as executive producers.
“By doubling down on noisy formats and big characters, expanding our lifestyle programming in the design and home space, and offering seven nights a week of originals, we’ll be able to serve our fans more of what they crave while also attracting new viewers with our wide scope of programming.” Bravo previously gave a two-season order to the scripted anthology series “Dirty John,” with the first season set to star Connie Britton and Eric Bana. Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia are here to help fight the uniformity and ubiquity of American home design.
The two remaining women on the show — Tara and Neill — might have had potential to draw us in on a different show, one not so clearly desperate to create “fun” activities for the cast (“You’re going to go for a group walk! You’re going to make chocolates in a chocolate store! ) to distract us from the lack of compelling plot and drama.Unfortunately, the show will be included as part of the lecture on how ideas that probably looked good on paper can become unwatchable crap.I’m sure “MED” seemed like a natural to Bravo; attractive young people with more money than sense swan around Dallas, riding mechanical bulls and doing charity work when they’re not busily pumping up their muscles (the guys) or hair (the girls).Courtney’s main interests in life appear to be her hair and flirting with Matt, the onetime college quarterback she will never, ever date. Matt seems to think he’s God’s gift to women and gleefully picks up armloads of floozies at the local bar but turns pouty whenever anyone he has a passing interest in – Courtney, Neill – talks to anything with a Y chromosome.Like Matt, Glenn is a football player (though he made it past college to play for a number of NFL teams including the Oakland Raiders), though a slightly less annoying one.
In this new series, Thom takes Carson under his wing to teach him interior design by channeling Carson’s impeccable sense for fashion.