It's actually hard to draw a thin line between these two shows. After all, NYC Prep, even though it's billed as a reality series, is still a program that's intended for good TV and will likely expose some of the scandalous lives of wealthy teenagers at an elite prep school on New York City's Upper East Side--- the exact premise of The CW teen drama. However, Jessie, one of the cast members of NYC Prep, detests the association.
"I hate that show!" Jessie shouts at a saleslady who has made the mistake of identifying the outfit she's trying on as "like Gossip Girl."
And why wouldn't she? Gossip Girl might as well be a finely edited version of her own life and that of her friends. Plus, the show films on her block and features her favorite hangout spots.
Meanwhile, the similarities don't end there. The L.A. Times has somehow compared Jessie to Blair while other cast members of NYC Prep have been put side by side to their Gossip Girl counterparts: PC is definitely Chuck, Sebastian is Nate, Taylor is Jenny, Camille is other parts of Blair with some Nelly thrown in, and Kelli is probably Penelope or Hazel. The show has no real-life version of Serena and not surprisingly, NYP Prep doesn't have a Dan or a Vanessa either.
If you want to get to know these kids better, check back for updates on the premiere preview of NYP Prep, airing at tomorrow at 10pm, preceded by The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion special at 9 pm ET/PT on Bravo.