Hidden Palms

2007, TV Show

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I'm not even going to attempt ...

Question: I'm not even going to attempt to argue with Julie H.'s recent statement that drugs, alcohol and sex play a part in most high school experiences, considering that none of those things had to do with mine (and I'm 23), but I do want to address the somewhat roller-coaster trend of these teen dramas. I personally loved The O.C., so when I heard about Gossip Girl, I thought it would be a comparable replacement. When I watched the premiere, I (and after reading reviews, it seems that I am the only one) was severely disappointed. It was boring, predictable, at times unbelievable and insulting. After a benchmark-in-the-teen-drama-sector show like The O.C., and after failed attempt after failed attempt at remaking it (Life As We Know It, Summerland, Hidden Palms), what can these shows do to surprise us? I realize that a show about a bunch of poor kids with parents who love them would probably not even show at upfronts, but can't we move in that "normal" direction?
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Season 1, Episode 8
In the series finale of Hidden Palms, Johnny goes to Cliff in hopes of having him retrieve evidence from Eddie's old laptop. However, in order for this to be done, Cliff has to befriend Maria once again. Evidence that Liza finds leaves her stunned.

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Season 1, Episode 7
When Johnny spreads news of Cliff's affair with Mrs. Nolan to Liza and Greta, the group concludes that this may have been the reason behind Eddie's murder. However, Johnny is soon brought back to doubt when he finds a video of Liza and Eddie kissing.

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Season 1, Episode 6
Johnny confronts Cliff about Greta's bloody Halloween dress. Nikki discovers a surprising secret about Cliff. Meanwhile, the Hardys host Tess's birthday party. Bob gets jealous when Skip flirts with Karen because it reminds him of how he met her.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Liza makes a shocking discovery when she breaks into Cliff's room to find evidence that Eddie was murdered. Meanwhile, Johnny reluctantly plays in a charity golf tournament with Bob. Greta's dad returns unexpectedly and starts wooing Tess.

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I'm not even going to attempt ...

Question: I'm not even going to attempt to argue with Julie H.'s recent statement that drugs, alcohol and sex play a part in most high school experiences, considering that none of those things had to do with mine (and I'm 23), but I do want to address the somewhat roller-coaster trend of these teen dramas. I personally loved The O.C., so when I heard about Gossip Girl, I thought it would be a comparable replacement. When I watched the premiere, I (and after reading reviews, it seems that I am the only one) was severely disappointed. It was boring, predictable, at times unbelievable and insulting. After a benchmark-in-the-teen-drama-sector show like The O.C., and after failed attempt after failed attempt at remaking it (Life As We Know It, Summerland, Hidden Palms), what can these shows do to surprise us? I realize that a show about a bunch of poor kids with parents who love them would probably not even show at upfronts, but can't we move in that "normal" direction? Answer: Stephanie, do I ... read more

What's the deal with the CW's ...

Question: What's the deal with the CW's Hidden Palms? The network website still says we can catch it on Wednesdays and on the fall 2007 lineup (Reba and 7th Heaven are still there, too), but many say Hidden Palms was given the ax. Is this true? Why doesn't the CW say so on its site? And why did the network air two new back-to-back episodes each Wednesday night, especially on a holiday like July 4, when they knew nobody would be home? Why not spread it out? I was on vacation those two weeks, so I caught the first three episodes, then left and came back to read in the paper that now I have no Hidden Palms to watch. What's the real story behind it all? The CW is not telling its viewers a thing. Answer: You're going to have to look far and wide on a network's official website to ever see the word "burn-off," which is all that Hidden Palms ever was. The ratings were so dismal that the CW eventually doubled up on the episodes to get to the end as quickly as possible. To my knowledge, the ... read more

Exclusive: Smallville Snags Hidden Hunk

Stop the presses — Smallville has found its new "Daily Planet" editor!Sources confirm that Michael Cassidy (Hidden Palms, The O.C.) has scored the top job, replacing Carrie Fisher's barely visible Pauline Kahn. Cassidy will appear in at least six episodes and, as I reported in early June, his character is being groomed as a love interest for Lois Lane. Curiously, the role originally called for a thirtysomething actor. Cassidy, however, is a ripe 24. Wonder what that's about. Feel free to post your theories (and/or general reaction to the casting of Cassidy) in the super convenient comment section below. read more

Ratings: Shaq's Bigger Challenge, Closer and More

Ratings bits from...WednesdayFox's last-minute swap of Adam Sandler's Anger Management (in place of the final two episodes of Drive) delivered 3.13 million total viewers — or 1.5 mil fewer than tuned in for Drive's previous (April 23) broadcast. The Nathan Fillion-driven series instead will bow out Friday the 13th. Real nice.... Hidden Palms dropped 500K week-to-week to say a most unfortunate farewell to just 971,000 viewers.TuesdayOn the Lot left another 130 thou on the cutting-room floor, delivering 2.16 mil.... Shaq's Big Challenge (5.03 mil) fattened up its premiere-week numbers by 600,000.MondayTNT's The Closer (7.19 mil) was up 11 percent from the week prior, and bested the 9 pm competition on both ABC and NBC. The season-to-date is up nine percent versus its sophomore run.... Heartland drew 3.45 mil, up 15 percent.POLL: Which from our list of returning drama series are you most looking forward to? Vote here (bottom right). read more

July 4, 2007: Second Chances

While everyone else was huddled under their umbrellas for a fancy fireworks display, I was finally getting answers about a death that's been driving me crazy for weeks. That's right. No hot dogs and hamburgers for me. Just one crazy Maria Nolan and the truth about her son. It's really too bad that Greta was relieved about Eddie not killing himself because of her mistake and feeling comfortable enough to call Skip "Dad," when really he's at fault for this entire mess. But she doesn't know that. Johnny, it's time to buy a new computer, buddy. Yours is clearly haunted with warnings and frightening videos. At least we were able to watch exactly what happened along with Johnny, even if that leaves everyone else in the dark. Still, knowing Skip was the one who pulled the trigger doesn't make me sympathize with Maria. I know she lost her son, but she also had an affair with Skip while Greta's mom was sick and dying. Plus, her trysts with Cliff put me over the edge, so seeing Liza trip over... read more

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Premiered: May 30, 2007, on CW
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Premise: An idyllic desert community holds dark secrets that teen Johnny Miller uncovers after moving there with his newly remarried mother and stepfather.

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