Review: Privileged – Series Premiere on The CW

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Episode: “Pilot” – Series Premiere (Season 1)
Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Rating: 3 out of 4 Stars

Quick Synopsis: Fired. Hired. Fired. Unfired.

Long Synopsis: A 23-year-old woman and recent Yale graduate is finding life outside of school, not all it’s cracked up to be. The once ambitious wannabe writer has spent almost a year at a tabloid magazine doing pretty much everything but serious writing. Instead of the promotion she’d been working towards, she gets fired. But, her former boss recommends her for a job with a cosmetics mogul and grandmother to a couple of spoiled teen sisters in Palm Beach. Once there, she is hired to be the fulltime live-in tutor for the sisters.

Review: Privileged takes you inside the world of Palm Beach society from the perspective of someone who grew up around it, but was never in it until now. Like many a series these days, it is based on a popular novel, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean.

I really enjoyed the first episode of Privileged, even better than show that it will be following. It fits in quite well with the rest of The CW’s recent additions. Although, it may be that I just really like JoAnna Garcia (Reba).

Garcia plays wannabe writer and now tutor Megan Smith. Megan has lost her way after college and is not the driven goal oriented person she once was or at least the goals aren’t being reached quite as easily as they once were.

Garcia has great comic timing and plays the comedy part of this dramedy very well. She is just a joy to watch on screen, but that is not to say she doesn’t handle the drama side as well.

The series also stars Anne Archer (Patriot Games) as the cosmetics mogul and grandmother, Lucy Hale (Bionic Woman) as one of the sisters, Ashley Newbrough (The Best Years) as the other sister, and Michael Cassidy (Smallville, The O.C.) as a friend Megan grew up with.

The only reason it didn’t get a higher star rating is because of its overall predictability. You pretty much know how things are going to go. But, the series premiere does do a good job of setting up all the potential story elements. Like, Megan working with sisters that have a good relationship, while her relationship with her sister is strained, seeing the world of the rich and powerful from the inside after growing up near it, but on the outside, a love tri-angle in the works and many others.

The only problem I see is its competition. It will be up against Dancing With the Stars: Results on ABC, Fringe on FOX, Greek on ABC Family and The Mentalist on CBS, not that they are going after the same target demographic, but, DWtS and Greek sort of do.

Personally, I couldn’t care less about DWtS, but I’ve been watching Greek from the beginning and both Fringe and The Mentalist look good. Yet, I’m not exactly in The CW’s young female skewing target demographic.

Overall, it is well worth checking out, as it has the potential to be a great show. The best recommendation I can give it, is that I will be adding it to my already crowded viewing schedule.

Will be interested to know what you think after Privileged premieres tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 9th on The CW following a new episode of 90210.

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