Privileged is an American television drama that premiered on The CW Television Network in the United States and Citytv in Canada on September 9, 2008. The series stars former Rebastar Joanna García and is based on the Alloy Entertainment book How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean. The series was originally to share the same name as the book, but the name was announced at the upfronts as Surviving the Filthy Rich and later changed again to Privileged on June 24, 2008. It was produced by Alloy Entertainment in association withWarner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Network Television with executive producers Rina Mimoun, Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein. Michael Engler directed the pilot.
On May 19, 2009, it was announced that The CW would not be renewing the series for a second season.
Twenty-three-year-old Megan Smith (Joanna García) has a Yale education, a relentlessly positive attitude, and a plan to conquer the world of journalism, despite the fact that she is slaving away at a tabloid rag. Megan's plan is thrown off course when, in one whirlwind day, she gets fired, meets cosmetics mogul Laurel Limoges (Anne Archer), and becomes the live-in tutor for Laurel's twin teen granddaughters in the heady Palm Beach, Florida, a world of wealth and power. The girls, Rose (Lucy Hale) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough), are beautiful, rebellious, and less-than-thrilled with their new tutor, but Megan is determined to win them over as she enjoys the perks of her new job: breathtaking private suite, gorgeous convertible, and live-in chef Marco (Allan Louis). Even the neighbors are fabulous in Palm Beach and Megan quickly catches the eye of Will (Brian Hallisay), the wealthy and attractive dilettante who lives on the estate next door and just happens to be dating Megan’s estranged sister, Lily (Kristina Apgar). Completing this romantic quadrangle is Megan's best friend, Charlie (Michael Cassidy), who is secretly in love with her. Despite her own complicated romantic and family relationships, Megan is committed to making a difference in the lives of her two headstrong charges as she navigates the treacherous waters of high society in Palm Beach.
- Joanna García as Megan Smith
- Lucy Hale as Rose Baker
- Ashley Newbrough as Sage Baker
- Michael Cassidy as Charlie Hogan
- Allan Louis as Marco Giordani
- Brian Hallisay as Will Davis
- Kristina Apgar as Lily Smith
- Anne Archer as Laurel Limoges
- Dave Franco as Zachary