Josh Schwartz, of The O.C. fame, is back with two new shows: Chuck and Gossip Girl. Unfortunately neither of them is worth sticking with, although one is much closer than the other. Taking the third season of The O.C. along with these new shows, one has to wonder if the early (and, to some extent, late) greatness of The O.C. was a simple fluke.
Chuck is out and out unwatchable. From the get go the premise is so ridiculous and stupid that no living human being could possibly get past it. Beyond that, the acting is bad, the effects are terrible, the writing is mediocre, and there's not a single likable character.
Gossip Girl, on the other hand, fares better. The acting and writing are both decent. Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen are both incredibly lovely. The show's major issue is that you don't really care about any of the characters. They're the offspring of the rich and/or famous in New York City, and they all have superficial problems of their own makings that are virtually impossible to empathize with. Combine that with the fact that they all seem very one-dimensional and the show quickly becomes too tedious to watch.