In these troubled times, can the Privileged life survive?
With high-profile hits like Gossip Girl and 90210, the CW sleeper Privileged takes on the role of the neglected middle child. But like that overlooked child, the show has a quiet charm and a well-honed, understated humor that draws viewers in, once they know enough to tune in. As such, the cliff-hanger-filled season finale (which featured a gay wedding) may turn out to be the series finale.
The comedy stars JoAnna Garcia (Reba, Freaks & Geeks) as Megan Smith, a Yale grad/wannabe journalist who finds herself back in her native Palm Beach as a tutor/babysitter for spoiled-but-not-soulless twin cosmetic company heiresses Rose and Sage Baker. The premise is taken from an Alloy-developed teen novel called How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls by best-selling author Zoey Dean. Upwardly-aspiring chatterbox Megan must learn to navigate the world of the richie rich while saving the twins GPAs and surviving a choppy dalliance with her handsome – if spoiled – neighbor Will. Then there’s her troubled, working class family – an alcoholic dad and a boyfriend-and-jewelry stealing sister – to contend with.
Sure, there’s a lot going on, but exec producer Rina Mimoun (Gilmore Girls, Everwood) has a deft, light touch, with ample humor cutting the melodrama. In fact, she’s gone as far as to say that in developing the show she was aiming to be the anti-Gossip Girl. Alas, it seems that her good intentions could be what keeps Privileged – this year’s best show you’re not watching – from coming back for a second season. But while its fate hangs in the balance, it’s definitely worth adding season one to your Netflix queue.