PRIVILEGED: All About a Brand New You

February 25, 2009 by  

First of all, I hope you guys enjoyed our show last night (and what wasn’t to enjoy?), because in case you weren’t aware it was the season finale. And if you listen to the rumour mill it very well could have been the series finale. The show has been struggling in the ratings and has not yet been given a green light for season two. After such a fabulous episode as last night’s, this is even harder to believe. I was in love with it from start to finish, from Rose’s soul-searching to Sage’s turmoil to Megan actually working with the girls (!) and having her own drama to deal with. Some things must be discussed right away:

1. If the show does come back may I just say that I truly hope that Marco and his wedding planner Olivia (played hysterically by Kathy Griffin) team up and go into some sort of party planning/catering business together. She was fab last night, adding some big laughs. I’ve really missed seeing her (I know she has a reality show, but I’ve never really seen it) and thought she was perfectly suited for the Privileged world.
2. Was it just me or was Will missing a tooth in the breakup scene? I may have been hallucinating but it’s all I could focus on during one of the biggest scenes of the show.
3. I wonder if the powers that be have been listening to fans, because I read the episode description and there was supposed to have been a whole storyline involving Megan, her father and Lilly; something about him drinking again and getting a letter from their mother. I’ve never really been a fan of the Megan’s family plot (and from the comments I gather a lot of you feel the same), and so it was a pleasant surprise to see that it had clearly been cut from the show at the last minute.

Now, the centre of the show was Marco and Keith’s wedding (don’t you love how quickly people are able to pull off huge weddings in no time on tv?) but really we were more focused on Sage, Rose and Megan and their respective issues. Lucy Hale was once again fully adorable as Rose, even though I found her wilderness trip to Minnesota a little hard to believe. However, it provided for a lot of laughs watching her get prepared and it was a nice continuation of the growth and independence theme that started in the last episode. And I will say that although I still think he’s adorable, Dave Franco’s mumbling is starting to wear on me. Move your lips when you speak!

Ashley Newborough (Sage) was incredible and her plotline was really well done. I thought it was a really realistic portrayal of the kind of issue that can cause a permanent rift between two people who otherwise love each other a lot. When you feel strongly about something (as both Sage and Luis did about gay marriage) it’s really hard to reconcile when you’re significant other feels differently. I also thought it was really inspired that the reason for their ultimate breakup was the broader idea that Sage wanted someone who was more curious and open to new things rather than simply the fact that Luis boycotted Marco’s wedding for moral reasons (although if I’m honest that probably would have been enough for me to kick him to the curb right there). This plotline was so layered and I especially loved the discussion Sage had with Marco about the subject – it brought a tear or two to my eye.

Now, Megan had quite the night didn’t she? She broke up with Will who was once again petulant and whiny (or rather he broke up with her) and met a cute British distraction named Simon at the wedding. He’s somehow connected with Keith, but I’m fuzzy on the details – a former neighbour I think. And now that the wedding night has ended and Will has called Megan with a heartfelt apology while Simon laid next to her after their night together, what will happen? I was a little thrown that this Simon was even around, as I was pretty convinced that David, the new editor, was going to be the third party in a new Megan/Will triangle. Perhaps he will be, if the CW ever gets around to renewing this show. After last night, I’m even more on board for a sophomore season – how about you guys?

Are you disappointed the season ended on a “to be continued” even though we don’t know if it’s coming back? Did you love last night as much as me? Are you happy or disappointed that the family plot was seemingly cut last minute? And most important, was Brian Hallisay missing a tooth or what? It was driving me nuts! Talk about the episode and more importantly, show your support for the show below and in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for a last-minute reprieve.

Nicole is a lawyer with an unhealthy t.v. obsession and many t.v. boyfriends. If she had a locker at her office it would be covered in photos of Zachary Levi, Jensen Ackles, Lee Pace and John Krasinski. She lives near Toronto and is spending the winter cursing that fact while trying to convince her friends to do a group move to a warmer climate. So far it’s not working.

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13 Responses to “PRIVILEGED: All About a Brand New You”

  1. Sarah on February 25th, 2009 9:58 am

    Yeah, I was dreading the Smith family scenes, and figured they were coming up after Megan said something visiting her dad…and was thrilled when they didn’t appear!! If Megan’s entire family (especially Lily) was cut from the show, I don’t think anyone would miss them.

    All in all a pretty solid episode (although I have to agree that Dave Franco’s mumbling is out of control!) and I hope the CW execs realize what a mistake it would be to cancel this adorable show before its time.

  2. Shannon on February 25th, 2009 12:04 pm

    Although I do like the backstory that the Smith family provides for Megan, I agree that they had WAY too much screen time during the season. And I also think that Megan should be immensely more akward in the fancy world she’s living in now if her background is as messed up/poor as it’s portrayed (just a small nitpick).
    I’ll be very sad if the CW doesn’t renew this show, especially when shows of lesser quality are kept alive (ahem, 90210, I’m looking at you) I find it charming and humorous, with many poignant and deep moments – entirely entertaining and a must watch for me!

  3. Shannon on February 25th, 2009 12:06 pm

    Although I do like the backstory that the Smith family provides for Megan, I agree that they had WAY too much screen time during the season and was glad they were absent for this finale.

    I’ll be very sad if the CW doesn’t renew this show, especially when shows of lesser quality are kept alive (ahem, 90210, I’m looking at you) I find it charming and humorous, with many poignant and deep moments – entirely entertaining and a must watch for me!

  4. luke on February 25th, 2009 12:49 pm

    I thought this episode was really entertaining and I agree that they need to bring back Kathy Griffin.

    However, I wasn’t a fan of the cliff hanger. I found it to be very blahh, mainly because we’ve seen it on so many other shows. I remember they’ve had it on Gossip Girl (Dan and Georgina), Gilmore Girls (Lorelei and Christopher), Veronica Mars (Logan and Madison), and of course Ross and the copy girl on Friends. I expected more from Privileged.

    Having said that, I am happy with the out come because I don’t think Will is mature enough to forgive her, so hopefully they will stay broken up.

  5. Charles on February 25th, 2009 2:22 pm

    I’m again bucking the trend, I missed Arthur. I wouldn’t mind if they got rid of Lily, but they can keep Arthur. I really like the actor(John Allen…something) and his interactions with Megan are great to watch. Plus, the show needs more of a male presence. Yes, it is about the girls and growing up and all that lovely feminist stuff, but that can only get you so far.

    Rina Mimoun said on her Facebook that Arthur will be all over season 2, so…interpret that however you’d like.

    Kathy Griggin was hilarious. I’ve only seen her in a couple of things, but her lines/delivery were awesome. “Seacrest, out!” HA! Love it.

  6. Misty Feagin on February 25th, 2009 2:49 pm

    I loved it last night and hated that it ended on a “to be continued” ugh it was filled with so many questions that need to be answered that I really really hope they come back with another season. It has grown to become one of my many favorite shows that I watch. I dont like the fact that it might end on that note because the questions you have will never be answered.

  7. Chayna on February 25th, 2009 2:53 pm

    I was really disappointed in the end when she slept with Simmon and Will I think he broke up with Megan because of the whole Charlie thing and when he had told her that he was in love with her. Will should’ve got over it by now he’s not even in the picture anymore. He left shouldn’t that be good for him? I like the fact that Rose is trying to be her own person because she’s finding out who she is and what she wants. Sage I’m proud of her because she was honest with not only herself but Luis. Megan has alot of explaing to do when she tells Will what happened. I would tell if I was in her shoes, if he finds out another way he’ going to be really mad. Kieth and Marco’s wedding was SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. luke on February 25th, 2009 4:17 pm

    Unfortunately Privileged is DOOMED!!! I just check the ratings for last night’s episode and they are terrible.

  9. Nicole on February 25th, 2009 4:35 pm

    Charles, I do agree that Arthur wasn’t all bad. I guess it’s the nature of the plotline that bothers me. Megan’s family is always so “drama” all the time. Maybe if she and Arthur spent season two strengthening their relationship while they both live productive lives I’d be okay with that. But please….keep Lilly as far away as possible. Nothing will make me warm up to her. If you’re looking for more of a male presence, how about Charlie? I’ve heard he’ll be returning if they get picked up. I hope so – I thought he and Megan had great chemistry together, even just as friends.

    I’m glad everyone loved Kathy Griffin – hopefully she’ll be back next year. Also, I do agree with those of you who weren’t into the cliffhanger ending. I wasn’t crazy about it myself. I thought it was really abrupt that this Simon guy came out of nowhere too. I hate cliffhangers when a show’s future isn’t certain because if it does get canceled, fans are left so unsatisfied.

  10. Katherine on March 1st, 2009 4:03 pm

    The whole time I watched the episode I thought “oooh, webfans are going to love this episode!” It’s like they fixed all the annoying problems that had happened in the past (or most of them, at least). That being said, I HATED the To Be Continued ending. Unless they are 100% sure they’re coming back again, it’s too mean to do to the viewers. And since they aren’t 100% sure… well, pooh. I’m annoyed. But other than that I enjoyed it, though it didn’t have the oomph I’d expected from a season finale.

  11. Nicole on March 31st, 2009 7:17 pm

    Privileged was one of my favorite shows to watch and you need to bring it back i really miss it. i have watch her since Reba and she is a great actress. Please please start airing it agien

  12. Nancy Smith on April 16th, 2009 7:50 pm

    I miss Priveleged TV show. I enjoy the characters and look forward to seeing their emotional growth. I hope the show returns soon. The season finale has further raised my interest in seeing how the characters develop. The show is entertaining which what we all need at this moment in time.

    N.S.

  13. Dawn Finn on July 9th, 2009 10:54 am

    I looked forward each week to watching Privileged and since I don’t usually keep up with these pages, I’m just finding out that it has been canceled. It’s a sad day in CW history. The last episode was a bit of a cliff hanger and I’m going to miss all of the characters continual growth. The Smith family seemed to provide some realism in a fantasy setting. That was actually a plus. Megan’s relationship with the other characters, their continued growth in trust and ability to blend, gave this series something most don’t have. It’s a shame CW doesn’t see what they had. Maybe if I’d seen as many clips of Privileged during those comercial breaks as I saw of ‘Gossip Girls’ and some of the other shows, it might have had a chance. CW’s decision here makes me think more of turning my TV off and reading a book, cause it’s evident that CW has nothing for me. Maybe someone else will see a good thing and pick it up????

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