This is going to sound kind of random, but "Privileged" (8 p.m. Tuesdays on The CW) has snuck up on me as a show I look forward to every week.
It's not the prettiest girl in the room (that's probably "90210") and it's not the hottest (that'd be "Gossip Girl"), but it is the one you want to spend more time with. Joanna Garcia, who had developed a following on "Reba," is cute and appealing as Megan Smith, a tutor to a pair of rich Florida teens, Sage and Rose Baker.
"Privileged" is like a version of "Gilmore Girls" that's tangy rather than sweet. The frazzled Megan has a way with creating easily definable new terms like "Judgy Judgerson." I like the way she casually works phrases like "sex date" into conversations without missing a beat. Megan is a real person, with just the slightest hint of TV cool.
The supporting characters are more obvious. I suppose the writers want Anne Archer's matriarch to be as big a hit as Emily Gilmore, but that's not going to happen. Rose and Sage are "good cop, bad cop" in the way they manipulate Megan (although she's getting better at standing up for herself). Rose is the nicer of the two, but I also like how Sage is protective of her little sis.
Michael Cassidy comes over from "Hidden Palms" as the guy who has carried a torch for Megan throughout his 20s, but is still mired in the Friend Zone. Sure, we've seen this before, but I'm pulling for Charlie to find a good girl, whether it's Megan or not.
"Priveleged" is an original show in a year when relaunches of old shows have gotten all the buzz. Hopefully, its solid writing, quippy dialogue and lovable lead are appealing enough to draw loyal followers.
- By John Hansen,
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