Producer Lenid Rolov responds to the media's attention on NYC Prep!

Jul 7, 2009

I’m on the train heading back to New York from Ogunquit, Maine (an extraordinarily magical little coastal beach town) reading some of the recent press on “NYC Prep.” It’s astounding how many people are talking about this show and how emotionally charged many of the articles are. The New York Times ran an article this weekend titled “Who’s Afraid of NYC Prep?” which talks to school officials and parents who are “outraged” and “mortified” and their kids who think it’s “better then Gossip Girl.” Next I opened this weeks New York Magazine which printed an in-depth feature claiming that the show presents Manhattan as a “moral hell” and that PC took the bait to be on the show because we “supplied trappings of wealth… even a private plane.” I chuckled at the absurdity, imagined PC doing the same and put the magazine down. Then I turned to Richard Lawson’s recap of episode two on Gawker (so beyond devilishly witty!) and laughed so hard I woke up the woman sitting next to me on the train. Thanks Richard!

After only two episodes on the air, I’m not really sure what to make of the reaction from the schools, parents, and press. The show has certainly hit a nerve and it feels good that people are watching and talking. I guess it would be nice for the articles to mention that these kids are also running charities that raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, are landing coveted internships, and are pursuing their dreams of attending Ivy Leagues and beyond. All this while dealing with the same pressures from friends and parents that all high school kids face. I am honestly extremely proud of the way the cast has been handling themselves since the show started airing and hope they continue to have fun and enjoy the ride.

A few things that stood out for me in episode three…