Teen Wolf is, rightfully so, a film cherished by many of my generation. It’s not a great film, but god damn it, it’s a fun film. There are quite a few very funny bits in the film, Stiles simply rules, and Teen Wolf’s coach still has one of my all time favorite pieces of advice:
There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.
And so, ever since Dustin did some voodoo shit to bring the “Teen Wolf” reboot to reality, we’ve known MTV’s new series was going to be bad. They told us it was going to be a horror series, they cast a bunch of Twilight-looking motherfuckers and, well, they’re MTV. That, coupled with how they completely botched their Americanized “Skins” series told us all we needed to know. So there’s absolutely no reason for you to watch this trailer, but I’m giving it to you anyway because I was dumb enough to watch, and I suspect many of you are as well:
Yeah, you’re an idiot what just wasted three minutes of your life too, right? Welcome to the club.
This show looks god damned miserable. And the thing of it is, while I would always be against a “Teen Wolf” remake/reboot, there’s totally a way to at least try to do it right, and it would even fit into MTV’s austensible wheelhouse. You don’t go horror with it, which makes the show feel more like a shitty CW series — you go for exactly what MTV wanted to get as far away from as possible, a mix of teen/dark comedy and heavy-handed, high school soap. “The O.C.” meets “Gossip Girl” mixed with “Daria” meets “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (with a splash, if you can figure out how to do it, of “Veronica Mars”). You risk being bland and melodramatic junk, sure. But you also take a chance at making it a show that’s actually fun to watch, both because it’s actually funny and because it’s loaded with cheese. You might fail spectacularly, but you might just land a decent little piece of TV nickel (at it’s best, it still wouldn’t be gold or even silver because, again, a “Teen Wolf” remake should not be). MTV, instead, went the route that leads solely and singularly to spectacular failure. Well played, Music Television, well played.
Meanwhile, check this out. I was wondering what the hell ever happened to the gal who played Boof? So I went over to trusty ol’ IMDB. Turns out that not much has happend to Susan Ursitti — she has only 13 films to her credit, the last of which was a 1997 short. So then I decided to see whatever happend to the dude who played Stiles. Turns out that Jerry Levine has turned into quite the TV director — among his twenty-odd credits are five episodes of everyone’s beloved “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and an upcoming episode of the mostly wonderful “Raising Hope.” And he’s married to Nina Tassler, the president of CBS Entertainment. Who’d a-thunk it — our little Stiles is all grown up. Well done, sir.