As soon as Cathie and I saw the promo spot for the new ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teen, we put the show’s premiere date on the calendar so we’d remember to watch together. That calendar entry now repeats for each Tuesday at 8 pm, I’m hoping that we’ll have many meaningful moments of dicussion about the real issues the kids at Grant High School will play out on the screen.
I wrote a review of the premiere episode for YMX, here’s a taste:
Amy has a problem. It isn’t that she plays French Horn, either.
“I had sex, and it isn’t like what you think, all romantic and stuff. I didn’t realize what was happening, until, like, 2 seconds, and it was over.” The words, “It was just some guy at band camp,” combined with the pained look on her face is how her besties realize she’s not only done it, she’s pregnant.
So begins The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a new series from ABC Family, starring Shailene Woodley (The OC) as Amy, along with Molly Ringwald and Mark Derwin as her parents; Josie Bissett, John Schneider and a host of young talent. It airs Tuesdays at 8 pm and began July 1.
Amy’s story is definitely Juno-esque, but Secret Life has a story all it’s own. Secret Life takes the viewer into the social whirl that is Grant High School, complete with all the types (band geeks, athletes, rebels and even Christians) and struggles, sexual tension and drama that is the teenage world.