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Step 3: Make something out of the college years
There's no time for character development like college and the challenges of growing up can make for great stuff. On "Beverly Hills, 90210," Kelly became interesting, Dylan got married and the producers took the opportunity clear out a little dead wood (a.k.a. Brenda). On "Dawson's Creek," Pacey (eventually) found some direction, Jen grew up and Joey sang in a bar. You're at least part of the way there with Chuck's new seriousness, Vanessa's enthusiasm and Dan's ... going to class. The others could use a good swift kick too.