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MySpace Cadets

Two new web dramas -- EW's take on the internet series ''Roommates'' and ''Quarterlife''

Two new web dramas

One's early 20s can be either totally inane or insufferably angsty. So it figures that MySpace would play to both extremes in courting the young 'uns with two new short-form offerings.

Roommates (myspace.com/roommates), which follows four college pals — all hot girls, natch — as they embark on postgrad life in L.A., makes The Hills look deep. Scripted to look like a reality show, the fluffy bim-com demonstrates how little plot is necessary to crank out daily three-minute episodes.

The more emo Quarterlife (twice-weekly episodes begin Nov. 11 at myspace.com/quarterlife) is produced by navel-gaze-TV MVPs Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick (My So-Called Life), and tries to be a Gen-Y Reality Bites. Much like your average twentysomething, this relationship drama about neurotic blogger Dylan (Lonelygirl15's Bitsie Tulloch) and her self-obsessed friends can be as wallowy as it is dumb. (Who actually thinks her friends won't get mad if she blogs their secrets?)

Still, Quarterlife's raw performances make you want to return for more nine-minute installments, while Roommates will just make you want to move on and move out. Roommates: D Quarterlife: B

Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints