The CW was really weird about ‘The LA Complex‘ after doing such a horrible marketing job on it this past spring resulting in it making history for the lowest ratings ever in cable history, and now it’s once again quietly rolling out the season season trailer which amps up the drama for Benjamin Charles Watson’s Tariq.
We reported back in May that the CW was neither confirming nor denying that ‘The LA Complex‘ would be returning in July even though it had already been reupped in Canada. Benjamin Charles Watson did a shout video for us and seemed to be working hard to promote the show (much more efficiently than the CW did) so I’m just glad his efforts weren’t in vain.
And for those of you that invested six hours of your time into the short first season, you’ll get to find out what happens to all the characters, especially Tariq and KK. Too bad the CW didn’t combine the two season and begin airing them this summer as this is the perfect season for a show like this. The LA Complex has got all the soap opera but amps it up like a testosterone fueled machine. It’s been compared to ‘Melrose Place’, but this one definitely goes places the other one didn’t so we’ve been rooting for its success, and hopefully it’ll find an audience when it comes back this week. Now, here’s a rundown on all the main characters for those that haven’t watched the show yet.
Abby – Abby’s at the airport, ready to board the next flight to Toronto, ditching show business and heading home. She just bombed another audition. She gets a call from the director. She got the part. He wants her to come back immediately. Finally, her big break is here and hopefully some money so she can move out of her maybe-or-maybe-not boyfriend Nick’s apartment.
Nick – Nick is letting Abby live with him because she has nowhere to live and has no money. They become romantically involved, but she wants to be “casual” so Nick sleeps with a girl he meets at an improv workshop. But Nick steals the girl’s stand-up routine and now she hates him. Then Nick tells Abby he slept with the improv girl and now Abby might hate him, too.
Alicia – Alicia is a hot mess. She shook her groove thing in the audition, but she didn’t get the Usher tour. She was dancing in a strip club. She made a sex video that opened the door to the porn industry. There she meets an influential guy who books back-up dancers. She sells her soul when she becomes sexually involved with him. Suddenly, she gets a call. They now want her on the Usher tour.
Connor — This guy is an even hotter mess than Alicia. He’s the star of a TV show but can’t remember his lines. He slept with Abby and Raquel (not at the same time). He asks them both at separate times to move in with him because he’s lost and lonely. He’s taking Zoloft. He’s scalding his arms with hot water. He gets into a bar fight and his pretty face is covered in stitches. He was hoping he’d be fired from the TV show, but now they’re writing his injuries into the script. Last we see him, he’s standing in the kitchen, burning down his house.
Raquel – Raquel attends AA meetings. She isn’t an alcoholic. She went to the meetings to network. She meets a rich, older dentist and starts dating him. He wants to take things slow, so she sleeps with Connor, her younger friend with benefits. Then the dentist makes her dinner, tells her he loves her, and sleeps with her. She convinces him to invest $100,000 in a movie she hopes will jump-start her sagging acting career. She rips up the check out of guilt and breaks up with him. Last we see her, she’s holding a positive pregnancy test stick.
Tariq – This might be the most intense storyline of all. Tariq’s an assistant in the music industry. He works for some intimidating, cutthroat producers. A famous rapper, KK, falls in love with him. But KK is in the closet and refuses to come out, even though Tariq loves him back. Having been in prison, KK has a nasty temper, beating people up whenever he feels threatened. Tariq’s bosses catch KK kissing Tariq so KK brutally punches Tariq, the love of his life, and leaves him severely wounded on the floor.
So if you’ve not checked it out, it’s worth it and trust me, it’s the great guilty pleasure every summer needs! ‘The LA Complex’ is back on July 17, 2012.