As the lives of the classmates and teachers become intertwined -- bratty Richard Milo Ventimiglia even trysts with the professor's ex-wife -- the diaries become even sudsier and more tragique. Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert globe. While Modine and Audra McDonald as a professor are the heavyweights in the cast, they're not much more than token adults on hand to provide a little something for the parents in the TV audience. Otherwise ''The Bedford Diaries" might have passed by relatively unnoticed, as just another go at a young TV demographic. As instructed by professor Jake Macklin Matthew Modine , they keep video diaries about their feelings, leading to grainy segments that are as fascinating as the confessionals on ''The Real World," which is to say, not very.
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Angst-filled 'Diaries' is sophomoric, not sexy
Fontana and Levinson have set ''The Bedford Diaries" in the kind of Manhattan that, like the show itself, doesn't seem to be as far from ''Dawson's Creek" as it should. The script focuses more on the emotional ups and downs of the classmates as they sleep with one another, sleep with teachers, want to sleep with one another, and want to sleep with teachers. No matter how honest and upfront these kids are, they're still pretty bland. It's surprisingly sophomoric considering the reputations of the men behind it, filmmaker Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana of ''Oz" and ''Homicide: Life on the Street.