No Dan or Serena on ‘NYC Prep’


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Let’s just get it out of the way upfront. On “NYC Prep,” the private-school docu-style show that premieres on Bravo this week, everyone knows his or her role. PC is Chuck, Sebastian is Nate, Taylor is Jenny, Jessie is some parts of Blair, Camille is other parts of Blair with some Nelly thrown in, and Kelli is Penelope, probably, or maybe Hazel. No one is Dan. Definitely, no one is Serena. Thankfully, no one is Vanessa.

“I hate that show!’” Jessie shouts at a saleslady who has made the mistake of identifying the outfit she’s trying on as “like ‘Gossip Girl.’ ” It films on her block! It features her favorite, not-really-secret hangout spots! But really, it’s unattainable, a finely edited version of her own life and that of her friends. How can you live to the fullest when life can’t match up to fiction?


On “NYC Prep” (which airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.) though, these young people evince, above all, a need to best the unbestable, awkwardly accentuating character traits well past the point of parody. Much as with “The Real Housewives of New York,” the kids featured here have the air of parvenus. Certainly, by whatever metrics the social hierarchy is determined, there are others who rank higher, likely thumbing their noses at this collection of would-bes and aren’t-quites.

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