Picks and Pans Review: NYC Prep

updated 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bravo, June 23, 10 p.m. ET/PT |



An attempt to replicate Gossip Girl using actual uptown kids, NYC Prep feels like inept role play: viral video of teens pretending to be Serena and Blair. The unofficial bad boy PC tosses off lines of cheap cynicism ("Money flows like the wind"), boasts that he's dined on the dangerous delicacy of blowfish and throws a plastic bottle of water at a girl named Jessie. She carries on as if she'd been halted by velvet ropes outside a debutante ball. Everyone is just doing what they think the cameras expect of them: It's a rarefied form of peer pressure.

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