12 March 2010
If you thought that the CW couldn't become any more inundated with scandalous, superfluously soapy tales surrounding the lives of the unbelievably, and sometimes, unrealistically wealthy, then think again. Wednesday, the CW premiered one of its newest reality television shows, High Society, unsuitably named, that makes the high drama of shows such as Gossip Girl, 90210, and Melrose Place come to life. The show centers around handbag designer and socialite Tinsley Mortimer and chronicles her daily life post-divorce and in society. At the beginning of the premiere, Mortimer appears to be substantially sedate, despite the premise of her being surrounded by inane, self-absorbed, superficial, and irresponsible characters such as "trust-fund partier" Jules Kirby and "Page Six scandal boy" Paul Johnson Calderon. The show features antics such as drink-throwing, excessive cursing fights, violence in clubs, and cavalier money spending, all of which could only be imagined in a show like Gossip Girl. The show was hailed by television reviewers as the least-watched premiere of all time for the CW most likely due to its timeslot and 30-minute duration. The previews of future episodes displayed further outrageous acts juxtaposed with elegant, prim settings. If you're looking for a real-life look into the members of the good life being bad, then this is definitely your show. The fashions in the show are quite interesting and well-worn but not powerful enough to keep the show out of the thick mud of the gutter it has fallen into. High Society airs on the CW Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30C.