MTV's "Wuthering Heights" (7 p.m. Sunday on Cable 36), an updated, musicalized adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel about the tragedy of love, proves that not every story can be made relevant for today's teens.
This version comes across as sluggish, even a bit silly. Certainly, it's not a bit believable as contemporary drama.
Despite warnings from her wary and jealous brother (Johnny Whitworth), she falls for the troubled young musician (Mike Vogel) that Heath becomes.
But his dark, controlling passions, born of not knowing who he really is, drive her into the arms of the quiet, rich milquetoast Edward (Chris Masterson) next door.
Edward's manipulative sister (Katherine Heigl) makes a play for abandoned but hunky Heath and turns him into a red-hot rock star. Despite his success, he can't be happy because he can't forget his first -- and lost -- love, leading to tragic consequences.
Despite the hokiness of the drama, there are five new songs from Jim Steinman ("Bat Out of Hell," "Total Eclipse of the Heart"). But other than a haunting love ballad, they seem skimpy and repetitive.
"Wuthering Heights" is a particular disappointment after MTV did so well with turning the classic Bizet opera "Carmen" into a modern "hip-hopera" with Beyonce Knowles.