What does it take for a gimmick-based show to rise above its gimmick?
The same things it takes for any series to succeed, I suppose: writing that avoids cliche, strong plotting, assured performances from actors playing fully formed characters. Still, a show like Faking It — one that’s designed around a purposefully shocking premise (“pretend lesbians!!!”) — might necessarily find it more difficult to grow past its pilot than, say, a show that’s about six pals just hanging out, or one that focuses on the minutiae of office life.
That said: There’s definite potential in Faking It, which takes the basic DNA of Awkward. (girl’s social status changes after everyone starts believing a lie about her) and gives it an even edgier twist. READ FULL STORY