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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Review: Privileged is brightest star of new TV season

Airs: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on the CW

While many of you obsessing about the new sci-fi cult show Fringe or checking out the remake of the new 90210, my favorite new show of the season is Privileged. It’s the one new show I can’t wait to watch each week.

Privileged tells the story of a Yale-educated journalism major who leaves her job at a tabloid to become a live-in tutor for two spoiled daughters of a Palm Beach cosmetics tycoon. The show is a glamorous peek into the life of pampered princesses. It’s a fun ride you don’t want to miss.

The show reminds me a little of one of my favorite movies, Sabrina. It has the same contrast of opulence versus the everyman, complete with the helpful staff that gives Megan advice to help her navigate the rocky waters of the Privileged.

Joanna Garcia is a delight as tutor Megan Smith. She is a dead ringer for Amy Adams in Enchanted, with her perpetual perkiness and likeability. But, Smith is not the only reason to watch. Each character is just as fantastic as the next.

The two spoiled rich girls, Sage and Rose, are cast perfectly with Ashley Newbrough and Lucy Hale. Newbrough nails the part of spoiled rich girl, yet audiences can’t help but love her. Hale grabs viewers, too, as the softer sister with a good heart. Also noteworthy are Marco, the gay chef (actor Allan Louis,) who steals every scene, and Megan’s best friend and potential love interest, Charlie (actor Michael Cassidy,) who audiences will recognize from his roles on The O.C. and Smallville. Then, there’s the hot neighbor guy, Will, who had me from the moment he walked into Marco’s kitchen to grab a bagel, (actor Brian Hallisay.) Rounding out the embarrassment of talent is Anne Archer, as the girls’ grandmother, Laurel, and Kristina Apgar, as Megan’s sister, Lily.

If you haven’t discovered this gem of a show, please put it on your calendar. I promise it will make you smile. It’s lighthearted, funny, and a great way to spend an evening. Frankly, with all the doom and gloom on the tube this season, I’m thrilled that the CW gave us something different than the typical teen drama or bloodbath. It’s a privilege to have Privileged on my TV lineup.


Anonymous said...

Love this show!!!!!! Charlie is a cutie and Sage and Megan are hot. Good actors and all good looking.

Kim said...

This show didn't get near the publicity that 90210 did but it's by far the better new show. Thanks for telling people about it. Maybe it won't be cancelled.

obxrulz said...

She does resemble Amy Adams. That was driving me crazy. Thank you!

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