Battle of the Josh Schwartz shows: Chuck vs. Gossip Girl
Josh Schwartz, creator of “The O.C” has two new shows on TV this fall, “Chuck” and “Gossip Girl.” I don’t watch anywhere near enough television to do an adequate job reviewing them, but here’s my $0.02.
Chuck: Chuck receives an e-mail that leaves him privy to government secrets and the target of the NSA and CIA, who both want their information back. Unfortunately for these agencies, all their intel is no longer on a computer, but in the head of a nerd: Chuck, who works at Buy More as the supervisor of a Nerd Herd (think Best Buy’s Geek Squad).
Okay, so it’s totally implausible and some of the effects could have been better, but it was still fun. Not as immediately “OMG! What happens next?”-intriguing as previous shows I’ve gotten hooked on, but good enough and fun enough that I will
watch tape the next couple episodes. Why is it that all the new shows I want to watch are on when I’m at work and can’t watch them? Watch the pilot episode of “Chuck” on Yahoo! (Updated: download expired 😦 )
Gossip Girl: You know the story. Based on the books by Cecily von Ziegesar about rich kids in New York and the anonymous, all-knowing Gossip Girl who makes public their every move.
It was okay. I wouldn’t say it was bad, it was just kind of boring (but maybe that’s because I vaguely knew what was going to happen because I read the book). Though I suppose boring=bad, because it could have been bad in a good, campy way, but just struck me as dull and not as titillating as I thought a teen show with sex, drugs, and booze would be. Except for that first Blair/Nate scene, it seemed more like cool kids showing off how cool they are. Regardless, I won’t be watching “Gossip Girl” on TV, since I don’t care what happens plot-wise or character-wise, as most of the characters were bland and dull, with the exceptions of Jenny and that icky, creepy Chuck. Ewww. Jackie, feel free to keep on hating it, because it’s so not as good as VMars.
And, huh, I never expected to hear a Cold War Kids song on television.
The Winner: “Chuck,” hands down.
I think I’ve already mentioned that I’m a sucker for YA spy books, used to be a big “Alias” fan (well, seasons 1 and 2, anyway, even though I kept watching even after it got all sucky), and only read one Gossip Girl novel, so it’s not a big surprise that I prefer “Chuck”. But even discounting the spy/action preference, I’d still go with “Chuck”. It’s got a sense of humor, doesn’t take itself so seriously, and is occasionally over the top in a good way. “Gossip Girl,” on the other hand, occasionally over the top in a bad way and just not fun. And Zachary Levi as Chuck (the one from “Chuck”, not GG) is cuter and more crushworthy than any of the guys in “Gossip Girl.” Yes, I am that shallow.