Last night I went to see a screening of Bravo's new reality show, NYC Prep, and let me just tell you -- my jaw is still on the ground.
The show centers on six kids who are pretty much carbon copies of the characters on Gossip Girl, except that there's one big difference -- these kids are real.
And that's the scary part. These "key players in Manhattan's elite high school scene" have endless supplies of money, go clubbing (even though they're under 21), take car services everywhere, go out for $500 dinners, shop.... the list goes on. Oh, and you know that economic recession we're all feeling? It hasn't even touched them.
If you think Chuck and Blair are bad on Gossip Girl, then you'll be shocked by NYC Prep. Kelli, who's only 16, lives on the Upper East side of New York City in a gorgeous apartment with her brother. Her parents live in the Hamptons. They try to ground her, but it doesn't exactly work considering they don't even live in the same house. Sebastian likes to hook up with between 2 and 16 girls a month. P.C. isn't worried about getting rejected from college, because if it happens, phone calls will be made to make sure he's accepted. Taylor goes to public school but does whatever she can to keep her popular status with her prep school friends. Jessie has her group of friends and doesn't feel the need to make new ones -- especially if they're other girls. And then there's Camille who tags along on other people's dates and wants to get a perfect score on the SATs.
The castmembers don't watch Gossip Girl -- they think it's way too big of an exaggeration of their lives. They're wrong -- it's a perfect depiction of their lives (again, scary). Watch the show and you'll agree. And that's the thing, as sad/scary/shocking as NYC Prep is, I'll watch it for the same reason I watch all of the Real Housewives shows -- it's entertaining.
NYC Prep premieres on Bravo on June 23 at 10 pm.