Just how misguided is Bravo's new Gossip Girl-style reality series?

Gossip Girl is SO over. After the death of Wall Street, the CW soap which chronicles the lives of Manhattan's young elite, is just plain silly. The series, known not for its high viewership, but for the love lives of its off-screen actors, has just become comical.

The bad writing on the show has grown a cult-like following. But even the humor of campy dialogue between unreal characters can't save it now. The show's writers have done nothing to address the recession, and as a result the dalliances, parties, and feuds of the beautiful people have just become boring. Sure, Nate's dad was busted for fraud, but it wasn't like he was running a Ponzi scheme or anything. In real life, even the wealthiest New Yorker can be found shopping at discount headquarters Century 21. And that was before the recession.

So leave it to Bravo, the network that had one hit with Project Runway, and then based its entire programming copying this reality show model, to resurrect this tired subject. (The Weinstein Company was fed up that Bravo didn't pay any royalties on the PR model, and after a heavy legal battle, took its hit series to Lifetime).

The new docu-soap, titled NYC Prep, will follow six rich teens throughout Manhattan society. Yawn. "Bravo continues to intrigue audiences with real-life depictions of relatable characters who live in exclusive worlds. We'll watch as these teenagers manage the ups and downs of not only being in high school but what comes along with growing up as part of New York's elite," said Frances Berwick, exec VP and GM of Bravo.

Let me translate: Bravo will continue to recycle its same hackneyed reality show series plots until it finds a hit. It will keep trying to convince us that it's revealing a secret subculture, and that the characters on screen are in fact interesting. Oh, and it's going to be in serious trouble at the upcoming television Upfronts if its hottest new show involves showcasing rich, spoiled kids in the time of a recession. But hopefully no one will notice if the characters are as hot as Serena and Chuck.

NYC Prep will premiere at 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, before moving to its regular slot at 10 p.m., which is currently occupied by Bravo's Real Housewives franchise.
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