July 1, 2008

The Secret Life of an American Teenager

Degrassi meets God in ABC Family’s new drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Created by Brenda Hampton (i.e.. 7th Heaven) and staring risen from the dead star, Molly Ringwald as mom Anne Juergans, we are bombarded with the teen pregnancy of Amy Juergans before the opening credits even roll.
With a parental discretion warning at the start of the show, constant references to God, and the “sex talk” Public Service Announcement at the end of the premier, I was a bit overwhelmed. But while I don’t know if I will be able to stomach the sugary life lessons for an entire season, I am definitely willing to find out.

Band geek Amy is the good girl who, like all good girls, falls for the bad boy drummer, Ricky. After a one night stand she returns from band camp (yes band camp) pregnant, and Ricky barely gives her the time of day except to ask her to help him get a dance with uber Christian virgin Grace. No one knows Amy is prego yet, not even her new love interest, super sweet Ben.

The premier set the ground work to what has the potential to be a wonderfully tantalizing web of high school love and deceit (and really, who isn’t a fan of that). The crazy scheme to get Ben to think he is the father of Amy’s baby is bound to cause a string of drama, Grace’s no sex until marriage promise will be out the window by next episode, and I am willing to bet Ben isn’t as bad of a guy as he seems.

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