What an exciting unexpected early holiday surprise! Darren Star’s brilliant and underappreciated WB gem, GROSSE POINTE (The Complete Series), just arrived at my door. I honestly didn’t expect this. While I pre-ordered the DVD a month ago, I recently was notified [much to my disappointment] by Amazon.com that the DVD was delayed until January for no apparent reason. For those of you unfamiliar with GROSSE POINTE, below is the Amazon.com description that tells it all:
Like Fox’s Action, Grosse Pointe is a single-camera, behind-the-scenes comedy that didn’t get the chance to find the audience it deserved. With the success of HBO’s Entourage a few years later, it’s possible that the timing was simply off as this devilishly entertaining melodrama should’ve been a hit with fans of Darren Star’s Beverly Hills 90210 and Sex and the City. It’s essentially a spot-on satire of the former, as well as the actors who made it into a cultural touchstone in the 1990s. Created by Star, the show-within-a-show played the game while breaking the rules. In other words, the five attractive leads, all actors on high school soap Grosse Pointe, aren’t exactly model citizens (and the occasional in-jokes at the WB’s expense can’t have won Star many points with the network brass). There’s dumb stud Johnny (ex-model Al Santos), terminally insecure Marcy (Lindsay Sloane, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch), fresh-faced Courtney (Bonnie Somerville, NYPD Blue), scheming Hunter (Irene Molloy, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), and 30-year-old teen Quentin (Kohl Sudduth channeling Luke Perry).
GROSSE POINTE is now available exclusively on Amazon.com for a mere $21.36. Fan of 90210, DAWSON’S CREEK, THE OC, ENTOURAGE, ACTION! and quality television in general will not be disappointed.