I just got back to NYC from Los Angeles yesterday and am blogging from Café Gitane… my favorite downtown café. It’s an insanely beautiful day and even though every day in Los Angeles is insanely beautiful, I feel a great joy for life here in NY that I rarely do on the West Coast. I’ve lived in LA for nearly a decade now (which is freaking crazy) and when I came to Manhattan to shoot “NYC Prep," I decided I’d be open to the possibility of moving back here for good. I’ve worked in NY before (“Growing up Gotti” & “Real Housewives of NYC”), but this was the first time I considered making a permanent move. Well I had so much fun on this show that last week I packed up my Los Angeles apartment, sold my car, and signed a one year lease on a New York apartment. Next chapter of life starts now.
The centerpiece of episode two of “NYC Prep” is Zoe’s party. Zoe is a classmate of Jessie’s and was kind enough to let us shoot her eighteenth birthday party, which was very exciting for us to cover because it was the first private school party we were able to shoot for the show. Now this may be an obvious assertion but shooting a party that has a DJ, dancing, low lighting, takes place in a large space, and is being attended by most of the cast and their friends is what one refers to as a production nightmare! Luckily, we had a truly talented and tireless production team and crew and it was while shooting Zoe’s party that we first realized that we had become an unstoppable well-oiled machine.
A lot happened that night (Camille/Jessie confrontation, Kelli getting upset, Cole showing up, and Sebastian & Taylor’s full on lip-lock) and somehow we captured it all on tape. What we didn’t have time in the episode to show you was Jessie flirting with the DJ (check out their “date” in the bonus clip) and Dan (the long haired guy who Camille is dancing with) asking her out.
I have to say I can't decide how much I'm into the show yet. Wait! I think maybe it's mostly because I've been in college a few years now and, well, I still can't stand High School drama soemtimes! haha
Anyway, a few of my friends and I have watched the show and I feel like I'm the only girl who likes PC! I've got to say, at first he was just a cutie who was a turn off. However, the more I learn of him the more I like! I'm definitaly developing a small crush on him...as embarassing as it is to admit. I know a lot of guys like him, with his personality and sense of humor. Unfortunitaly none of them are as good looking or as well dressed as he. I had to laugh to myself when I recently watched the episode where he tossed the water bottle at his friend. I made the exact same comment that he later made about her getting angry and how it wasn't like it was even open!
AS long and pointless as this is getting I still have a few more things to say. He definitaly needs a blog/e-mail that the few girls like me,who seem to be able to swing with his personality, can contact him and he can then find a date worth chick! haha I know this is a stretch, and I'm kind of bored at home, but it's worth a shot. Right?
Keep the show up for a while...and get a couple more good looking people! Please? Well, actually, maybe it's nice that they aren't all perfect looking. Maybe they'll be a tad more relatable...we'll see. :)
i love the show and i think its really great i heard about it when it was in the beginnig stages and couldn't wait to see it. I think Sebastian really needs a blog or e-mail for everything thts going on with him in the show. I think jess should get one to for like fashion and everything cause i shop in nyc alot and i really want to know some of the stores they like and are shopping at cause they have really great style. Other than that keep up the good work cause the shows looking really good!!!!!
Likes: Diversity of the cast, dynamic content ( I'm pleasantly surprised that the shows so far have not been inundated with gossip, and typical high sch talk)
Dislikes: Not sure why the more interesting characters have no blogs.
I completely agree with "Kat C." I think PC is a person who you either absolutely love or just can't tolerate, and in my case I find him someone I would get along with. I agree that the more interesting characters need blogs (and as being a junior in college, Taylor's blog just doesn't intrigue me), and I also agree that maybe there should be emails set up so that we could contact the characters. I'll set myself up with PC on a date and actually show up unlike the girl who his friend on the last episode set him up with!
Anyway, I do love the show, Bravo has always been a favorite network of mine. I can't wait for the next episode.
This show is a. mazing. As a producer, you've done a wonderful job so far to capture the lives if new yorkers, both adults and children.. i'm happy bravo gave you that chance to do some many wonderful things. As a fellow New Yorker, I am extremely proud.. Well done..........
How could you possibly not mention PC getting stood up at his blind date? WOW. Oh, and the "bi" comment for next weeks preview?!
Not sure how much I'm into this show yet but I'll keep watching. I'm much older than the cast so it's hard to relate to most of it.
I will say this though - If I was younger and still into drinking games I'd be hammered five minutes in. Listen to all of the times those kids say "like". HAHAHAHHAHAHA
If you did a shot every time they say "like" and you'd have one hell of a hangover.
Best wishes to you and your team are doing a great job capturing the cast.
Captivating show. I've been afraid of tuning in Bravo and seeing the dilapidated lives of the Housewives (five minutes was all I needed and all I could take of their extensive ugliness). With NYC prep we can see the early beginings of the evolution with some hope that the will not turn out that way. PC is essential, profound and I and keeping tuned in hopes that he realizes the outcome of his quest.
Hi Lenid, thanks for the blogs! One thing I'd like to know was, what was Jessie referring to when she was in what looked like a jewelery store with her friend, talking about PC, how Jessie couldn't just let him make his own mistakes, etc., and then Jessie was like "my family has helped PC since 7th grade!" I figured he must have had some issues or whatever earlier and wanted to know if the show was going to reveal more of this. Thanks!
While I was watching NYC Prep most of my opinions of the characters were that they lacked depth and seemed to be exactly what they were: highschoolers. Regardless, as soon-to-be junior myself I was excited to watch this show and see how teens my age acted and lived their lives amidst all the advantages of the upper east side. I don't know why I'm intrgued by the lives of these insanely rich and well-endowed city kids, but the attraction that I feel is undeniable - I envy these kids and what they have. But despite the many perks of their lives, these kids are barely adults and shouldn't be allowed to keep the illusion that they understand the world completely. I was surprised how a senior like Jessie could look down so much on juniors like Kelli and Camille, who were only a year younger than her. The fact that she wasn't in the mood to make friends is no sign of maturity, but a marker that she can be catty and bitchy as any average, in-secure high school girl.
Ok... So for these kids being so up on their fashion and being so rich, why does P.C. have a big hole in the bottom of his right shoe.
Well I love the show and really look forward to watching the rest of the first season! I am just curious why Jesse and PC dont blog yet, because they are my favorite on the show and want to hear their opinions and takes on the episodes. Maybe it is just too early on in the show and they will start blogging later, hopefully?! Ok! But yeah you do a great job making the show. Even though I already know where all of the kids go to school, I wish that they would talk more about academics, but I understand how they dont really talk about it now because they are on winter brake. And I am kind of disappointed on how they dont seem to be the whole smart academically-enriched kids that I always thought preps were. I mean, at first, Camille seemed like that but then I realize that those kind of kids wouldnt have signed up for the show, so whatever. OK I am so just rambling on so bye!
All of the kids on the show seem to be good kids, and I hope people won't just them by adult standards.
However, I do think it's weird how their money has enabled them to pull an "adult" veneer over their lives. One way this is manifest is the drinking. Sure, teens drink - but I thought most kids drank on the sly, a few beers at a friend's house. These kids to to fancy restaurants where the waiter offers them a wine list. What?! Are any of these establishments ashamed of serving kids who are so obviously underage? And will there be any legal consequences for them?
This show is my guilty pleasure. Teenage years are generally awkward as it is, so for this crowd to "put themselves out there"- takes guts! It is refreshing to see a young cast, choosing their direction in life on Bravo for a change. I hope this show gets a second season
My mum actually first told me about this show, and said that it looked interesting....and I must be honest, when I first saw the commercials for it, I looked at her as if she had finally snapped. But as we started watching, we became hooked! And now we can't wait for the next episode! It is absolutely brilliant!
I absolutely adore PC, and I agree 100 percently with Kat. C. I think it would be groovy if he had an e-mail or a blog, so we could get in contact with him. Not to date or anything, but just to talk...he's the only one on the show who actually seems like a normal human being. And, although 'tis no business of mine, I think he could use a few not-wealthy type friends. Wouldn't you agree?
Anyhow, it's a fantastic show, and please go on doing whatever it is you are doing. Thanks very much.
Thanks for this blog - it's useful and interesting to have the producer's perspective on a show like this.
The show is fascinating - and Bravo does a great job of keeping the intrigue up. I'm curious to know what's different about producing this compared to a show like Real Housewives of NYC, both from a logistics point of view and from the "sub-culture" you're covering.
Thanks again for a fascinating look into this weird world...reality or not.
i appreciate your bringing an adult's perspective to the show..i think people somehow expect these kids to somehow become magically adult just because they seem so bright and articulate..as a northern cali girl and wealth just means something different here..i'm facinated frankly..and i'm glad you actually care about these kids