Okay. Okay. I have watched a few episodes of this show. I almost hate to admit it, but I was accidentally sucked into a Marathon of ‘Back To Back Episodes’ late one night while suffering writers block and insomnia. I gotta tell you, I am AMAZED at how these people live. I was utterly shocked to see such young kids with so much wealth at their disposal. I mean, half of them don’t even know what the limit is on their credit cards. While this show is certainly not on my ‘Must See TV’ list, nor will I go out of my way to watch an episode, but, if nothing else is on TV, I do find this series to be slightly intriguing.
NYC Prep airs on the Bravo Network on Tuesday Nights @ 9/8c
About The Show:
NYC Prep chronicles the lives of a group of privileged teenagers who are key players in Manhattan’s elite high school scene. Students who travel in packs – whether it’s on sophisticated vacations or to a townhouse for an exclusive midnight party, their lives intertwine as they network, shop, party, study, date and write college applications. Everyone’s beautiful and everyone’s connected. On the surface, it seems that these teens live an enviable life. They have access and privilege to spare, and can’t imagine that anything or anyone, will get in their way. Over the course of the series, we’ll see them on the benefit circuit, viewers will get to know their families, their entourage (trainers, college application advisors, stylists) and their guys/girls of the moment. But privilege has its price. Despite their carefree lives, the pressure of lofty expectations can sometimes be too much for even the most confident teenagers.
About The Cast:
Taylor is a 15-year-old sophomore who bounces between her public school entourage and the fast-paced, wealthy Upper East Siders. As it is for most New York City kids, the academic bar is set extraordinarily high for Taylor. Her magnet public school is an intense academic pressure cooker, yet she finds time to be an active member of her school’s gymnastics and roller hockey teams. The rigorous pre-professional dance program she’s enrolled in at the prestigious STEPS keeps her sane with dance lessons up to six days a week. Taylor has an active interest in politics and has been known to frequent a student demonstration or two in Union Square. She loves to say that she’s “horrible at relationships,” which may explain why she continually leaves a flock of boys dangling in limbo, despite advice from her closest friends to “date the nice guy.”
[*Taylor appears to be the one that is the most down to earth. While she is ‘boy crazy’ she tries to avoid the gossip and games as much as possible. It’s obvious she has a good head on her shoulders, even though I have heard her say some pretty dumb things!]
Sebastian is known among his circle of friends as the guy who constantly hooks up with the hottest girls – either in the City or at his place in the Hamptons. As a native French speaker, girls swoon at his surfer good looks and impeccable accent. Sebastian regularly hits up the town with wingman and best bud Gabe. Sebastian’s hobbies, aside from girls, are soccer, tennis and debate tournaments. He’s a member of the school newspaper and a certified ocean lifeguard. He is actively involved in charitable causes connected to his school, and has participated in several HMUN (Harvard Model United Nations) events across the east coast. Whether it’s “le football” in the Pyrenees or a debate team dais on the Upper East Side, 16-year-old Sebastian is sure to be surrounded by a sea of admirers.
[*Sebastian is a PLAYER. Or at least he likes to think he is. It’s not really his fault that these girls fawn all over him. He just knows how to use his good look and his charm to his benefit. Kelli and Taylor BOTH like him. And watching that triangle unfold has been quite entertaining.]
PC is one of the most popular kids in the Upper East Side prep school scene. Attractive and wealthy, PC is interested in photography – both fine art photography and fashion photography – and is a music aficionado. He loves sports and plays ice hockey, tennis, golf and soccer. Like many New York kids, this jaded 18-year-old grew up fast, surrounded by rock stars, artists, and the city’s literati. For PC, money, women and life’s spoils are all he’s ever known, and as such, he can’t wait to get out of the “sandbox” of high school. A workout fiend, PC realizes that college is right around the corner and he needs to make an impactful change to his partying lifestyle. His first step is to reconnect with his old friend Jessie. They have a long history – they’ve dated, been best friends and lost touch – and as they pick up where they left off, the drama unfolds.
[*PC is a mess. He is in therapy that’s not working. I think he might be gay or at least he has gay tendencies, but he is too afraid to ‘come-out.’ He is arrogant and insecure at the same time. He thinks the world revolves around him. He expects that everyone is there for him when he need/wants something, but when the time comes for him to return the favor, he falls short, runs late, and lets his ‘friends’ down time and again. His best friend [or, fag-hag?] is Jessie, but she is really in love with him. At least that’s what I think.]
Kelli, While her parents spend much of their time in the Hamptons, Kelli recently moved to the Upper East Side for high school. A 17-year-old junior and the most recent import to the Manhattan social scene, Kelli’s apartment, which she shares with her older brother, often becomes a crash pad for friends – leaving one to wonder if the big city pressures will get to her. She loves exploring the city’s various high-end restaurants with her friends and also manages her brother’s basketball team. Instead of following the party-hunting majority, Kelli chooses to focus on jumpstarting a singing career for herself, working with a team of voice coaches, producers, image consultants, stylists and a dash from her own Mom. Kelli is passionate about setting up a benefit to raise money for cerebral palsy, which afflicts her older sister.
[*Kelli lives in an amazing Upper East Side apartment. But, for the LIFE OF ME, I cannot figure out WHY her parents think it’s OKAY to allow her and her brother to basically roam free. Left to their own devices, these two are without parental guidance. It’s no wonder when Kelli doesn’t know how to act sometimes, and WHY she is so desperate for love and attention. She is the least emotionally mature out of the bunch, but wouldn’t you be too if you were in her situation? I know that when I was her age, if I had my own apartment and unlimited funds, I would have been out of control!]
Jessie always gets what she wants – in the case of her final year of high school, this means she’s anxious to get accepted by FIT, a top-tier college program to pursue her passion for all things fashion. To bolster her college application, she interviews for cutthroat fashion internships with top designers in New York. Always a leader among her friends, Jessie likes to throw parties for fun, as well as for good causes. As one of the student chairs of the “Operation Smile” junior committee, Jessie showcases her public relations abilities as she works all angles of their big event to raise money, find the perfect glam venue and solicit charitable donations from the city’s top haute couture designers. In her limited free time, Jessie enjoys spinning, exploring vintage stores, and vacations with her family.
[*Jessie is often misunderstood. She can come off as a bitch, but I’ve come to realize that’s just her nature. She truly loves her friends, and she works very hard, which is why she comes off abrasive at time. I have a lot of respect for this one. But, she needs to admit to herself she still has feelings for PC. “Jessie always gets what she wants” except for her true love!]
Camille, A junior in high school, 17-year-old Camille takes her studies seriously, balancing rigorous exams, lacrosse practice, studying for her SATS, the debate team and the college application process with aplomb. She’s constantly on the lookout for a boyfriend, but no one seems to meet her impossibly high standards, despite the bevy of suitors knocking on her door. Camille thrives on high school drama and can often be found playing peacemaker, brokering a classic junior vs. sophomore high school feud, or saving a naïve freshman from social suicide. Always armed with acid-tongued opinions and witty retorts, the refined Camille loves to blow off steam by going out on the town at hot clubs around the city.
[*Camille is Kelli’s best friend and she really likes to start trouble. She is my least favorite of the crew. She gets off on other people’s drama and loves to create tension. I find her to be intensely annoying. The reason she never has a boyfriend is NOT because of her ‘high standards’ but because she is too busy forever causing problems in other people’s lives.]