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New TV show similar to ‘Knots Landing’




“Hidden Palms”? Think “Knots Landing” crossed with “Beverly Hills 90210.” That is, if you’re not too young to remember either show – which the audience “Hidden Palms” is targeting may very well be.

On this new CW melodrama, good-looking, agitated teens inhabit the posh homes on the Palm Springs cul-de-sac that borders on a lush golf course.

There, secrets abound. Hormones rage. And at the center of it all is Johnny Miller.

He was a happy, highachieving student until his father’s suicide the year before. Now he’s out of rehab, where he kicked (for now) the chemical dependence his grief set off. But testing his resolve is his mother’s abrupt marriage to a man he doesn’t care for, and the newlyweds’ decision to relocate here to Palm Springs so the family can make a fresh start.

Also hanging over things: the death of a teen named Eddie under mysterious circumstances. Eddie’s family had lived in Johnny’s house; it was Johnny’s room where Eddie died.

Eddie’s death seems to haunt not just Johnny but everyone he meets, chief among them lovely Greta, who is mysterious, moody but potentially a friend. And adding to the intrigue is his next-door neighbor, Cliff, a fellow high schooler whose hopped-up charm seems at war with a sinister streak.

Will Johnny make peace with rich, stuffy Palm Springs? Will he find answers to the questions that hang over the community (and his own psyche)? Can he ever get used to the heat?

Taylor Handley (“The O.C.”) stars as Johnny. Amber Heard plays Greta; Michael Cassidy is Cliff. The ensemble also includes Sharon Lawrence and Gail O’Grady.

“Hidden Palms” premieres at 8 p.m. (tonight) Wednesday. (AP)


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