How did any of us survive high school? Forget grades. We're talking insecurities, anxieties and social terrors, which have rarely found such vivid comic voice as in MTV's wonderful comedy Awkward, which begins a third season of emotionally harrowing hilarity with back-to-back episodes (Tuesday, 10/9c).
It's junior year (or "the beginning of the end") for the show's self-consciously angsty narrator/blogger Jenna (the terrific Ashley Rickards), who you'd think might be in a happier place having spent the summer cocooned with full-time no-longer-secret boyfriend Matty (Beau Mirchoff). No such luck. With other friends having spent their off time in Europe, hooking up and changing their looks without keeping her in the loop, Jenna worries she's being sidelined, left behind, forgotten. It doesn't help that her sadistic tyrant of a new creative-writing teacher, the heartless Mr. Hart (Anthony Michael Hall), burrows into her fragile psyche with the very first assignment: "Write about your greatest fear." Where to begin?
MTV will get Awkward. again soon!
Awkward.'s third season will premiere...
Awkward fans are about to see a whole new side to resident mean girl Sadie when she falls in love for the first time.
"She's going to let her guard down a bit," star Molly Tarlov tells TVGuide.com. "She's going to be dealing with male intention for the first time. Sadie's whole thing is that she wants attention, but also doesn't want it — that's what makes her so insecure and so mean."
It's something of a crying shame that the new comedy getting the most attention tonight (buzz-wise, though certainly not critically), and which almost certainly will attract the widest audience (of morbidly curious rubber-neckers, but who's counting) is by far the least worthy of attention or respect.
We're talking, of course, about Anger Management, bowing on FX with back-to-back episodes (9/8c) following a 12-hour marathon of Two and a Half Men repeats (starting at 9 am/8c) selected — so we're told — by Charlie Sheen himself.
Jenna Hamilton has made her choice, but will she stick with it?
On the season finale of MTV's breakout hit Awkward., Jenna (Ashley Rickards) chose Jake (Brett Davern), the nice boy who's open about his feelings for her, over Matty (Beau Mirchoff), her first love who wanted to keep their relationship a secret. When the second season picks up (Thursday, 10:30/9:30c), Jenna and Jake will still be a couple, but has she really moved on from Matty?