“Privileged”
Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
CW
1 out of 5 stars

With the colossal success of “Gossip Girl,” the CW has apparently deemed it necessary to add to its lineup yet another dramedy centering on rich youths with too much time on their hands. And so “Privileged” was born.

Megan Smith (Joanna Garcia, “Reba”) is an aspiring writer fresh out of Yale with a certain pep best described as “irritating to the point of inciting violence.” After being fired from her job in New York, Smith relocates to her hometown of Palm Beach, Fla., a tutor of two spoiled twins, Sage (Ashley Newbrough, “Degrassi: the Next Generation”) and Rose (Lucy Hale, “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”).

The superficial dialogue and contrived storylines are enough to kill any interest in “Privileged.” If that weren’t enough, the producers have decided to include a soundtrack composed mainly of Lily Allen and other “carefree” songs which only underscore the stupidity of the show.

“Privileged” seems to be a vaguely cautionary tale about the wasted existence that easy wealth can foster. But the show doesn’t convey this message well, because it spends too much time glamorizing the glossy allure of money and the status accompanying it to give the show any moral depth. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, though. Bratty teens get better ratings than soapbox speech, and the CW knows that better than anyone.

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