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Privileged pilot review

Privileged, Joanna Garcia, Lucy Kate Hale, Ashley Newbrough, Michael Cassidy, Brian Hallisay, Kristina Apgar, Allan Louis, Anne Archer


rich teens in Palm Springs and their tutor

Type of Pilot: teen drama

Similar Shows: Any other teen drama where the kids are rich.

The Inner Light: Rich brats need an education, too.

Strengths: Um...

Weaknesses: Lots. The funny bits weren't funny. The characters are unsympathetic. The situation is strained.

Impressive Characters: None of them.

Impressive Actors: Michael Cassidy was great in Hidden Palms (which I loved) and he was pretty good in this, too. He has a thankless role, however: The heroine's platonic best friend.

Less-Than-Impressive Characters: Megan, the lead character, whose goal in life is to write about rich people comes across as a very shallow pointless person, and she's been pretty crappy to her family, too. I think we're supposed to like her anyway, but Joanna Garcia's performance didn't make me warm to the character at all. Rose and Sage (the rich spoiled girls) were rather boring, too. Definitely a TV version of spoiled heiresses: The worst thing these girls are doing is being photographed in a bikini. Seriously, what planet is this thing set on? Lucy Kate Hale and Ashley Newbrough were passable in the roles, but the roles are badly written/defined, so there wasn't a lot they could do with them.

Less-Than-Impressive Actors: Anne Archer seemed to be asleep during her scenes are the mother of the rich twins. Kristina Apgar had very little to do in her role as the heroine's sister, but she was one-note and unexpressive when she was on-camera. Allan Louis was neither asleep nor unexpressive unfortunately in his role as the very gay chef. Loud and annoying, sigh.

Continuity: Slight, I imagine.

Rewatchability: None!

Other Info: Based on the novel How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls.

One Thing I Like About This Pilot:

Michael Cassidy

Three Things I Really Don't Like About This Pilot:

The scene where Megan lied to the other girls to help Sage save face was embarrassing to watch.

The scene where Megan and the two girls talked about the novel was embarrassing to watch.

The scene where Megan was fired and then told Sage off was embarrassing to watch.

Miscellaneous Comments:

Not funny enough or interesting enough. A female writer (who is from the Ally McBeal school of TV females) becomes a tutor to spoiled heiresses. There were many bits here and there that were obviously supposed to be funny, but did nothing for me.


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