‘High Society’ on The CW: Rich people behaving badly

The CW's new reality series"High Society" follows the lives of New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer and her friends through parties, nights out, fashion excursions and other rarefied things that socialites do.

The show also -- and brace yourself for this one -- will show Mortimer and her cadre of pals engaging in some distinctly un-classy behavior. We know -- an unscripted show in which the well-to-do act out. What will they think of next?

There are no Gloria Vanderbilts or Peggy Guggenheims among this cast of aging children of unearned privilege, but Tinsley herself does not seem a bad sort, especially when set against some of her costars, and the narrative, of which (as narrator) she clearly approves, portrays her as a heroic, even innocent young woman, getting out of a long and respectable but no longer satisfactory marriage, against the endlessly restated wishes of her mother, who literally recoils from the walls of her daughter's new, merely Midtown Manhattan apartment.

But reality TV runs on train wrecks, and to that end the producers have enlisted frenemies Jules Kirby and Paul Johnson Calderon, respectively, described here as a "Trust Fund Partier" and "Page Six Scandal Boy." Clearly they were brought in to be colorful and controversial; neither seems to play a significant part in Mortimer's life. Calderon, who was in the papers for stealing a waitress' purse, calls Kirby "the queen of the dregs of society," and she calls him a "disgusting, vile human being" who should "die in a fire." Each stands a good chance of being first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

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