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Series: The LA Complex
Series about young performers trying to make it big in Hollywood, all living in a converted motel called the Deluxe Suites (or "Luxe for short), produced by Epitome Pictures (the people behind Degrassi and Instant Star).


Tropes applying to this series:

  • Actor Allusion: Raquel's show that everyone knows her from ended before its time because of a lousy timeslot, similar to another show.
    • Alan Thicke guests as an overly Christian actor who's producing his own show. Some viewers might pick up the Take That to his former Growing Pains costar Kirk Cameron.
  • The Alleged Car: Abby's mid-90s Honda Civic in the Pilot. Partly her fault; it has a huge pile of unpaid parking tickets and still sports Ontario plates six months after she arrived in L.A. so no surprise it gets booted and is never seen again.
  • Bishōnen: Nick. Joe Dinicol's 28 and this is his first post-teenage role.
  • Black Best Friend: Discussed by Raquel, who thinks it's unrealistic.
  • California Doubling: Inverted. Mostly shot in Toronto.
  • Church of Happyology: The Church of Scienetics gets involved at one point. There's a reference to "Nexu" (pronounced knee-zoo).
  • Dawson Casting: Discussed, especially when 30-year-old Raquel goes out for Teen Drama roles.
  • Expy: Abby's basically Manny Santos, down to the same actor and her boyfriend back in Toronto being a mechanic.
  • Hey, It's That Place!: Isn't there a "Wilhelm" store across the street from The Dot?
    • The community center where Raquel's AA meets looks nothing at all like Degrassi...
  • I Just Want to Be Special: All the major characters want to be actors or other performers.
  • Old Media Playing Catch-Up: Subverted. It's been renewed on the strength of online views at TheCW.com
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: Present but not as overbearingly so as you'd expect in an Epitome production.
  • Screwed by the Network: CW's "let's wait a few months after the Canadian airdates to show it in the US" attitude led to massively lower ratings than in Canada (the CW premiere reportedly garnered the lowest ratings ever recorded on network television). Season 2 will be broadcast at the same time.
  • Self Harm: Connor poured boiling water on himself, deliberately crashed his car and set his house on fire. His sister used to cut too.
  • Shout-Out: Tariq's first job in the music industry? Coming up with beats for an upcoming Drake project.
  • Stage Mom: Beth's a stage older sister to Simon.
  • Stylistic Suck: Nick's standup routine.
  • What Could Have Been: Abby originally was Manny Santos, in what was originally planned as a straight Spin-Off of Degrassi.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Raquel
    -We had a lousy timeslot.
  • Working Title: Highland Gardens.
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alternative title(s): The LA Complex
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