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Ashton Kutcher's "The Beautiful Life: TBL" on Career Planning

This week in "The Beautiful Life: TBL":

Our new favorite show, Ashton Kutcher's semi-autobiographical CW drama -- hunky Iowa farm boy who moves to the Big Apple and becomes a male model to save the family farm - continues to deliver the best lines in all of primetime.

CW's "The Beautiful Life" (The CW Network)

This week's "TBL" Best Line -- TBLBL -- was delivered by Struggling Model Guy, Isaac, who we think is supposed to be in his very late teens/early 20's, and who used to be a successful child model. These days he's broke because he's getting passed over for hotter and, yes, younger guys. But he's not giving up -- he's now shagging this older Agent Chick, Vivienne, who has promised that, in return for the sex, she'll get him work. In Wednesday night's episode, they're seen sitting in their underwear (him) and pajamas (her) over breakfast, after a night of unbridled career planning, and Isaac says to Vivienne: "Modeling used to be so easy for me when I was a kid. People always said I was a natural, so I never had to try. Now it feels like I'm trying too hard."

When "The Beautiful Life: TBL" debuted last week, TBLBL was, of course, the line Farmer Andrews delivered to Hunky Farm Boy Son Chris/Ashton Kutcher stand-in: "We're going to be paying off this little family vacation for the next three harvests."
It never gets old.

Meanwhile, we may already have next week's TBLBL. In a tease for next week's episode, which CW ran at the end of this week's episode, a new character we don't think we've met yet -- we'll call her Random Model -- is heard saying to one of the show's male models: "With us it was nothing but meaningless sex and drunken orgies."

We hope this line holds up when we hear it in context next week. Heck, we hope CW even airs next week's episode; the audience for this week's episode slipped to just 962,000 viewers in its second half hour, according to early stats. And fewer than 300,000 of them were 18-34-year-old chicks, who are the Holy Grail of this primetime soap, and this network.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  September 24, 2009; 12:06 PM ET
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