I was ready to declare the CW’s new series Privileged an ill-advised knockoff of the 2007 flick The Nanny Diaries. I mean, come on, does any of this sound familiar to anyone else?
• Girl moves in with hoity-toity richies to tend to spoiled brat children
• Girl “studies” family
• Girl meets hunky next-door neighbor, flirtatious banter ensues
• Girl has verbal altercation with matriarch
Not to mention both are based on novels (Zoey Dean’s How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls is the inspiration for Privileged). But that’s where the similarities mostly end. Megan (pictured left), played by one of EW’s 15 fall TV stars to watch, Joanna Garcia, is a plucky type-A with almost a little too much quirk about her. Yet her can-do attitude makes her light-years more likable than Scarlett Johansson’s sullen, whiny Annie Braddock (pictured right). (Plus it takes only one episode for Megan to tell off snotty twin Sage and her enabling grandmother Laurel, played by Golden Globe winner Anne Archer.) With an interesting backstory — after Manhattanite Megan relocates to posh Palm Beach, Fla., we find out she’s actually a native and has yet to tell her family she’s returned — and a faint glimmer of a love triangle involving Megan, neighbor Will, and BFF Charlie, the clever dramedy has just the right amount of intrigue and suds to be my new Tuesday-night guilty pleasure.
What do you think, PDubs? Did any of you catch last night’s premiere? Want to weigh in early on whether Megan should choose friend Charlie or rich boy Will? Will Megan ever win over Sage? What do you think of the new series?