Privileged: 5 Reasons to Save ‘Privileged’

Joanna Garcia, ”Gilmore Girls”-like banter, and a surprising dark side make the CW show worthy of watching

The CW is giving Privileged a very early season finale on Feb. 24, making us worry for its future. Here’s why the freshman critical fave deserves to graduate to a second season.

1. Joanna Garcia
As tutor-to-the-rich Megan Smith, Garcia (right) plays cynical and sunny, pretty and goofy, dark and funny. Think Lorelai and Rory Gilmore in one, with a little Veronica Mars on top.

2. The Gilmore Vibe
Nothing can replace the Girls, but Privileged comes close, with heartfelt family stories, endearing side characters (Allan Louis’ chef Marco has his own series’ worth of drama!), and sparkling banter.

3. The Twins
Megan’s wealthy charges, Rose (Lucy Kate Hale) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough), struggle with Paris Hilton urges, date dorks and the help, and might even want to be a little smart.

4. Its Dark Side
Megan’s mom, who ditched her when she was a kid, suddenly reappeared. She then stole $25,000 from Megan’s boyfriend. Who was planning to use it as bail money for Megan’s sister. Who was accused of running drugs.

5. Underrated Actors
Anne Archer as matriarch Laurel, Sharon Lawrence as Megan’s mom, and cougar bait Robert Buckley (Lipstick Jungle) as her editor…they’ve earned their job security!

CW renews ‘Smallville,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘90210’

Breaking: CW renews ‘Smallville,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘One Tree Hill,’ ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘90210’

Michael Ausiello @ EW

Cwrenewals_l Good news, fans of all things CW. The network just announced that it has renewed Smallville, Supernatural, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and 90210 for next season. America’s Next Top Model has also been greenlit for two additional cycles.

“As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” CW boss Dawn Ostroff said in a statement. “By securing these signature hits for next season, we’re furthering our commitment to deliver high-quality, original programming to our viewers, advertisers and affiliates.”

While the Gossip Girl and America’s Next Top Model pickups were a foregone conclusion, the fates of Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill, and 90210 were less certain. In the case of Smallville and One Tree Hill, a lot was riding on which of those show’s core cast-members would be returning. Smallville‘s renewal clearly signals that Tom Welling has successfully concluded his contract negotiations with producer Warner Bros, but the same can’t be said for OTH leading man Chad Michael Murray. The actor-writer’s participation next season is TBD, although insiders say he’s expected to return in some capacity.

Conspicuously missing from The CW’s slew of renewals: The freshman gem that is Privileged. However, that doesn’t mean the show has been canceled, a CW source insists. “No final decision has been made yet,” the insider says. Translation: Watch tonight’s season finale, dammit!

Reaction to all the renewals? Do you deem any of them unworthy? And does Privileged deserve a shot at another year? And what about fellow bubble shows Reaper, The Game, and Everybody Hates Chris? Sound off below!

Ugly Betty Spoilers & Preview 3.16: Things Fall Apart

Preview of ‘Ugly Betty’ 3.16: Things Fall Apart

When companies all over the country are collapsing, Betty finds herself being entangled in a serious situation in the Thursday, February 26, episode of ‘Ugly Betty’.

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Betty is up for one potentially unpleasant surprise in the episode 3.16 of ““. Through a sneak peek of the upcoming episode, it can be seen that when companies all over the country are collapsing, the economic turmoil will hit Mode as Claire Mead revealed that all of the account had been cleared out.

To be aired on Thursday, February 26, the episode entitled “Things Fall Apart” will see Betty making a surprising discovery while analyzing Mode’s budget for the past year with Marc. As if that is not enough, she also has to deal with increased attention from Matt and the knowledge that old flame Henry has posted some unexpected news on Facebook.

Starring as Betty Suarez, as Daniel Meade, Judith Light as Claire Meade and as Wilhelmina Slater among others, the particular episode of “Ugly Betty” will see Daniel Eric Gold guest-starring as Matt and Grant Bowler as Connor Owens. It is directed by Tom Verica from a script written by Henry Alonso Myers.

The show is casting the recurring role of Richard Hartley, a fiftysomething Ted Turner-type and the father of Betty’s new love, Matt. (Michael Ausiello)

Lost Episode Recap: “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”

Namaste! Wednesday’s episode of Lost fills in the time gap between when Locke leaves the island with Christian Shephard’s help via the frozen donkey wheel to the time when “Jeremy Bentham” dies. We see Locke’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Sayid, Kate, Hurley and Jack to return to the island. Plus, we have new Others! Like Ben and Juliet before them, the sinister, clearheaded Caesar and Ilana have a mission, it seems, but they’re unlikely to be forthcoming about it any time soon, what with all the pointed questioning and firearms. I also have a few theories! So let’s get to “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham,” shall we? … read more

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