'Gossip Girl'-Style Series 'NYC Prep' Going to Small Screen
April 10, 2009 (8:00 am) GMT
A new documentary series following six affluent teenagers in Manhattan's social circle, 'NYC Prep', has been picked up by Bravo, and will be premiered on June 16.
A real life "Gossip Girl" series is coming to the small screen. On Thursday, April 10, Bravo Media's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Frances Berwick, announced that the television network has picked up "NYC Prep", a documentary series which has similar prep school-set as The CW's popular TV series.
The new documentary is billed to chronicle the lives of a group of six affluent teenagers in Manhattan's social circle. "Bravo continues to intrigue audiences with real-life depictions of relatable characters who live in exclusive worlds," Berwick explained. "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."
Through press release, it is further promised that "NYC Prep" will present a world where "everyone's beautiful and everyone's connected" as well as the price behind the privilege the kids have. The new series will be premiered on Tuesday, June 16 at 11 P.M. ET/PT. Following its premiere, the series will fall into a regular time slot on Tuesday, June 23 at 10 P.M. ET/PT.
The six "NYC Prep" teenagers are:
Camille - 16, Junior
A junior in high school, 16-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 naive 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.
Jessica - 17, Senior
Jessica 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.
Kelli - 17, Junior
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.
PC - 18, Senior
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.
Sebastian - 16, Sophomore
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.
Taylor - 15, Sophomore
Taylor is a 15-year-old sophomore who bounces between her public school entourage and the fast-paced, wealthy Upper East Siders whose parties she has no qualms crashing. She openly jokes about her hopes to score a rich husband someday. 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."