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NYC Prep
Genre Reality Show
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Location(s) Upper East Side, New York City, New York
Running time approx 41 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Bravo
Original run June 23, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

NYC Prep is a reality television program on the Bravo channel. NYC Prep chronicles the lives of six teenagers in Manhattan's elite high school scene. NYC Prep will follow six Manhattan teenagers in their daily lives as they attend events such as weekend parties, shopping sprees, charity events and dinner parties.[1] The show has drawn many comparisons to the hit CW television show, Gossip Girl because both shows revolve around the lives of Manhattan's elite teenagers.[2][3]

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Cast

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Camille Isobel Hughes

Camille Isobel Hughes is an 18-year-old at the Professional Children's School. She is an academically driven student who hopes to become a member of the class of 2014 at Harvard University and was previously a student at the Nightingale-Bamford School. Only her math SAT score was released from her blog; she answered two questions incorrectly on the math portion. Camille has a younger sister, Lillie, who is 14. She lives with her mother, Cinda, and her stepfather, David, in Manhattan; her father, Craig, lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

Jessica "Jessie" Leavitt

Jessica Leavitt is an 18-year-old graduate of the Dwight School on the Upper West Side of New York City.[4] She and one of her closest friends PC have a love/hate relationship, and she enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology in fall 2009. Jessie interns for evening wear designer Carmen Marc Valvo.

Kelli Brooke Tomashoff

Kelli Brooke Tomashoff is a 16-year-old student at the Birch Wathen Lenox School on the Upper East Side of New York City. She is a member of the school's class of 2010.[4] Kelli's parents live in The Hamptons, while Kelli and her older brother share an apartment on the Upper East Side.[5] Kelli is passionate about singing and hopes to become a pop star. Kelli's vocal coach is Badiene Magaziner.[6] Kelli's mother is a realtor. Her father is the owner of a printing company. Used to go to Westhampton Beach highschool.

Sebastian Oppenheim

Sebastian Oppenheim is a 16-year-old student at Ross School, a private school in East Hampton, New York. His father is Jeff Oppenheim, a theater and film director, producer and writer. His mother is Gia Oppenheim. He has a sister, Stephanie. Sebastian is a member of the school's class of 2011.

Taylor DiGiovanni

Taylor DiGiovanni[7] is a 15-year-old student who previously attended Stuyvesant High School, a public high school in Battery Park City, New York. Taylor is a member of the school's class of 2011.[4] She now attends City AS in New York City. She is the only cast member who does not attend a private high school. Despite the fact that she attends public high school, she is still friends with many teenagers from the private high schools.

Peter Cary "PC" Peterson

Peter Cary "PC" Peterson is an 18-year-old resident of the Upper West Side in New York City. Although the show chronicles his life on the Upper East Side, PC resides on the Upper West Side. He attended the Dwight School on the Upper West Side as well. He is the grandson of billionaire and former US Secretary of Commerce Peter George Peterson. His step-grandmother Joan Ganz Cooney created Sesame Street. PC's mother is Paige Peterson, a noted painter and writer. His father is David Peterson. PC's parents are amicably divorced.[4] PC attends Rollins College. He will also be seen in the upcoming film, "Twelve" starring Chace Crawford. He will be featured on the HBO series "Keep Moving On".

Series Overview

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 8 June 23, 2009 August 11, 2009
2 TBA May 14, 2010 TBA

Episode guide

Specials

Ep # Title Airdate
S-01 "Preview Special" June 2, 2009 (2009-06-02)
Cast members are introduced to the audience. Relationships between Jessie and PC, Kelli and Sebastian, and PC and Taylor are established. PC, Taylor, and two other teens attend Fashion Week in New York City. 

Season 1

Ep # Title Airdate
1 "Top Half of the 1%" June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23)
PC laments that many people wonder if he is homosexual or bisexual, and blames it on a "repressed latent oral-anal fixation". 
2 "Flip of the Hair" June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)
Sebastian meets up with Kelli and presents her with cupcakes before promptly telling her that he plans on having dinner with Taylor. Kelli and Camille gossip over Sebastian and Taylor having dinner and Camille convinces Kelli to talk to Sebastian. Jessie also finds out from PC that both Kelli and Camille are intimidated by her and believe her to be a bitch. Sebastian and Taylor kiss. 
3 "What Happens In Mexico..." July 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)
PC spends Winter Break partying in Mexico. PC's friend makes a joke that PC is bisexual, which he denies. Jessie is in Florida, thinking of him. Kelli while in the Hamptons has a funeral for her dog. Camille and Taylor stay in the city. Taylor can't decide between Cole and Sebastian. 
4 "The Virgin Talk" July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)
As Taylor makes a crucial decision about Cole and Sebastian, Camille focuses on improving her dating life. She presides over a dinner party, but dramas revolve around PC, whose quick charm may be fading fast.PC tells Jessie they should befriend Taylor. 
5 "The Overachievers" July 21, 2009 (2009-07-21)
Kelli connects with a voice coach in an effort to punch up her singing career; Taylor tries to balance dating, school and dance; and Jessie has designs on a fashion career. PC sees a psychiatrist and he enrolls himself in a modeling internship. 
6 "Guests of Guests" July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)
It’s Fashion Week in New York City and the NYC Prepsters get full access backstage and primo seats in the front row. At the Pamella Roland show, PC gets into an argument with Jessie when he loses his killer seat. But PC uses other shows to impress his new pet project, Taylor. Playboy Sebastian makes the moves on Kelli at the Erin Featherston show, but she’s got other things on her mind. Kelli would rather rock out Fashion Week with her new celebrity stylist, but Camille wonders if that’s something Kelli really needs. Jessie gets her big wish when she lands internships with top designers Charlotte Ronson and Carmen Marc Valvo. But when PC brings an entourage into Carmen Marc Valvo’s show, he puts Jessie’s hard-fought internship in jeopardy. Taylor describes PC as bisexual. 
7 "Ivy League Of Their Own" August 4, 2009 (2009-08-04)
PC and Taylor go to a candy store and talk. Camille goes to Boston to get a tour of Harvard University and is joined by Kelli. There is gossip in the Prep Scene, that PC is taking Taylor as his "protege". PC takes a hotel suite and has a party and invites his senior friends. Taylor doesn't come who says that she is grounded. Cole comes unannounced to the party and has a private discussion with PC about Taylor. At a party, Cole and his friends diss PC. 
8 "Charitable to a Fault" August 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)
As the school year comes to a close, seniors PC and Jessie give their parting goodbyes, but not without a good fight. Jessie confronts PC about his partying and not getting into any colleges. Looking to expand his horizons (and meet more girls) Sebastian holds a charity benefit, and asks a wary Kelli to sing. The prep school crowd is abuzz at Jessie’s must-attend charity benefit for Operation Smile. Jessie thinks she has sidelined Camille, but Camille has a few more tricks up her sleeve. PC expects Taylor to be more thankful for introducing her to the “it” crowd; instead she decides to step up and finally put PC in his place. With PC and Jessie fading away from the prep school scene, Camille and Kelli realize next year they will run New York City with Taylor at their side. There’s a new Queen Bee in town… 

Criticism

Some of those who attend other NYC prep schools state that the cast members' schools are in no way elite. Many other members of the New York City private school community have stated that the experiences shown on the show are not similar to how life actually is for most Upper East Siders. One student who attended school with both PC and Jesse said, "The show is so wrong in how it portrays everyone involved and students of NYC private schools that it makes me laugh." Filming was not allowed during school, nor were any school names specifically mentioned on the show, as the schools desired to distance themselves from the show. Dorothy Hutcheson, head of Nightingale-Bamford school, sent a letter home to all Nightingale parents, warning them about the show and the potentially negative portrayal of the school on the show.[8] [[Additionally, an article titled "Who's Afraid of 'NYC Prep'?" appeared in the style section of the New York Times. The article ended with a quote by Victoria Goldman, the author of “The Manhattan Guide to Private Schools and Selective Public Schools,” stating that “The schools on this show are all at the bottom, there would never be a Brearley girl on this show.”[9] Ironically, Liz Alderman, creator and supervising producer of NYC Prep, attended the Brearley School and later taught there for four years.[10]

(It should be noted with respect to this criticism that the one public school with a featured student, Stuyvesant High School, consistently surfaces in the rankings of the best schools in the nation when its results are included. The co-creator of the show, Matt O'Brien, is an alumnus).[11]

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