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I have to admit when I read about MTV’s new teen drama, Faking It earlier this year, I wasn’t best pleased with the general premise. In fact, I actually found it pretty offensive and thought the music channel was hitting a new low.
With the show about to start on the UK viewing next week on MTV (which makes you wonder why the UK version of that station can’t air Teen Wolf), the series, created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov focuses on two girls - Amy Raudenfeld (Rita Volk) and Karma Ashcroft (Katie Stevens) who decide that in order to gain some notice at their local high school they’ll pretend to be a lesbian couple, which certain has the desired result - except for the fact that out of the two of them, it seems that Amy isn’t faking it after all, which at least makes sure that the premise of this show isn’t as bad as it seems. Not to mention that rival popular girl Lauren (Bailey De Young) isn’t particularly convinced by the girls relationship either and seems determined to out their fake romance. De Young’s character also represents one of MTV’s first intersex characters as well.
Another major focus in the series is the dynamic between best friends - straight Liam Booker (Gregg Sulkin) and gay Shane Harvey (Michael Willett), both of whom seem to have quite the tactile and affection friendship as well as playing instrumental roles in both Amy and Karma’s ongoing arcs. Liam himself gets romantically involved in Karma throughout the eight episode first season while Shane, the guy responsible for outing Amy and Karma’s ‘relationship’ ends up becoming a support system for the former when he isn’t getting a love interest of his own with celibate character, Pablo (Anthony Palacios) for the show’s upcoming second season.
I know I haven’t actually watched anything yet aside from the ads but it looks like I really (and possibly severely) misjudged this show. The more I’ve read up about it, the better it actually sounds.
Seasons 1 & 2 Trailers/Recaps/Links: http://www.mtv.com/shows/faking_it/
Faking It’s first season airs Wednesdays 9pm on MTV (UK version) from September 24th but it’s second season will air Tuesdays at 10.30pm on MTV (US version) from September 23rd.