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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Awkward Teen Drama Edition

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It’s not always easy to nail a teen show. Sometimes they’re too cheesy, or too boring. Too full of drama, or too many over-the-top issues. For every Dawson’s Creek, there’s a 90210 remake — don’t even get me started — just waiting in the wings. After years of entrusting all my teen needs to The WB, Read: The CW, lately I’ve been turning to cable networks for my high school fix. Specifically, MTV and ABC Family. MTV teen shows are funny, subversive and totally willing to go there. Just look at Awkward, coming back for its fifth and final season on August 31. From the first season, where unpopular Jenna starts a secret relationship with the school hottie and deals with…

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Screw you, Spoilers! The 100’s Shawna Benson on Dodging Bullets

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You know what sucks? Spoilers! In the ever-growing digital age it’s hard to get away from them. They’re on your phone, they’re on your computer, they’re even blurted out by co-workers in the cubicle next to you. So What’s a Spoiler? Shawna Benson, staff writer on the CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100 says that “a spoiler is an information leak about a story in any medium that appears before the large mass of humanity is able to actually read or watch said media.” For example, last season on The 100 the (extremely passionate) fandom went ballistic after a clip featuring an unexpected lip lock between Clarke [Eliza Taylor] and Lexa [Alycia Debnam-Carey] was “leaked,” but according to an article E!…

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