WB (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)
This year has given us two prime-time soaps that feature pretty people in formulaic situations with a resort for backdrop. FOX's North Shore offers surf; this series has snow—and a slight edge in quality.
Oliver Hudson (son of Goldie Hawn and brother of Kate Hudson) plays David, a motocross racer who unexpectedly inherits control of a ski resort from his grandfather. Hudson is good-looking, all right—it's apparently a priority to show him emerging from the shower—but he has a scruffy sheepishness befitting the role of a young man who knows he's not truly ready for responsibility. Another plus is the mature sex appeal of Barbara Hershey as David's mother, Gennie.
Unfortunately, The Mountain rests on stock romantic complications. Maria (Alana De La Garza), David's ex-flame, is now involved with his business-savvy brother Will (Anson Mount). David messes around with Max (Elizabeth Bogush), daughter of a scheming developer who covets the resort. And Shelley (Tara Thompson), Will and David's teen sister, keeps flirting with Max's brother Michael (Tom-my Dewey). Besides kiss-and-tell, there's nothing to say.