WATCH: MTV Premieres Trailer for Lesbian(ish) Dramedy "Faking It"
Several months ago, MTV announced a new scripted serial called Faking It. The premise: High school students and BFFs Amy (Rita Volk) and Karma (Katie Stevens) pretend to be lesbians after they're mistaken as a couple, which makes them much more popular amongst the students. Now, this isn't exactly the most progressive, socially sensitive premise on paper. At first glace, it could easily trample over the line between clever and self-aware or gratuitious and offensive, but don't fear too much; showrunner Carter Covington felt the same way at first. However, after some time with the Trevor Project's crisis hotline where he experienced a call that went, "I'm worried that my friends are only my friends because I'm gay," Carter started to realize maybe this idea wasn't as crazy as it reads.
He goes on, "It made me think Faking It could work if we set it in a high school like that and had one of the girls actually have a crush on her best friend." That's a new info alert for those who have been following development of this show since it first surfaced, and a promising little nugget of information. The trailer definitely hints that from the get-go that these girls could definitely be more than friends, and maybe might even give us a new favorite couple of 2014. With a showrunner who's on top of the issues and hoping to deliver a decent, honest story, could it be possible that Faking It might really offer up some fascinating perspective and social commentary? Could there be a new South of Nowehere-esque "Spashley" for this decade to adore? Or will it tumble over the fine line and find a way offend us all? Tune in April 22nd to find out, and check out the trailer below to see what you think of our first glimpse of Faking It.