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Review of "Famous in Love" 4/18/17 by Suzanne
Premiers April 18, 8/7c on Freeform

This is a nice little soapy drama. I watched the first three episodes and it mostly kept my attention. I do enjoy soaps, though.  The plot reminded me a little bit of the new show "The Arrangement" on E!, but that one is more weird and sexy.  This one is more of a standard drama.  They might have some plot twists, but very little will surprise you when you watch it. Which is not to say it's not fun and enjoyable.

The lead character is Paige (Bella Thorne), a young L.A. student who is smart and beautiful.  She and a friend audition for a movie on a whim, and she gets the lead role in a new YA movie, based on some popular book, called "Locked."  She tries to stay true to her friends and her college education, but finds herself in the frenzied movie world where everyone seems to lie, manipulate and fight with each other.

Paige has two student roommates, Jake (Charlie Depew) and Cassie (Georgie Flores). She and Jake are attracted to each other, but they haven't acted on it because they're all good friends.  She's also attracted to her new co-star, Rainier (Carter Jenkins), who is kind of a hot mess.  Plus, his mom, a real viper, is executive producer of the movie.

Depew is cute and Thorne reminds me a little of Jennifer Garner.  There are many former soap actors in the show that you might recognize. It's got a huge cast, too.

This is not a terrible show, but it's not great, either. If you like soaps and watching beautiful people, you should like it. Otherwise, skip it and watch "Unreal," which is a much better show about the ins and outs of Hollywood, which much better characters. 


Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle published by Little, Brown and Company, “Famous In Love” follows ordinary college student Paige (Bella Thorne) as she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town, as well as balancing her college workload. As her public profile continues to rise and the undeniable chemistry with her new co-star and Hollywood heartthrob Rainer Devon grows, the more her friendships are strained with her two best friends – particularly Jake who may be more than just her friend.

“Famous In Love” stars Bella Thorne (“The DUFF”) as Paige Townsen, Carter Jenkins (“The Following”) as Rainer Devon, Charlie Depew (“The Amazing Spiderman”) as Jake Salt, Georgie Flores (“CSI”) as Cassandra Perkins, Niki Koss (“My Stepdaughter”) as Alexis Glenn, Pepi Sonuga (“The Fosters”) as Tangey Turner, Keith Powers (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Jordan Wilder and Perrey Reeves (“Entourage”) as Nina Devon.

I. Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”), Christopher Fife (“Revenge”), Miguel Arteta (“Getting On”), Melissa Carter (“Queen Sugar”) and Dan Farah (“Ready Player One”) are executive producers, and Rebecca Serle is co-executive producer. The series is produced by Long Lake Media, Farah Films and Carmina Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Horizon Television.

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