NSR: How to Make it in America
Have you seen this new show on HBO, How to Make it in America? I caught it for the first time over the weekend and I kinda felt it: in a way it's sort of the NYC answer to LA whack-fest Entourage. But as much as I liked it and enjoyed reminiscing about the time when I was young, single and running roughshod over downtown Manhattan on a nightly basis, it was almost too New Yorky. For example, here's a transcript of a party scene from the episode above:
Cam: "We're gonna leave with these Wilhelmina chicks."
Cam: "Um humh"
Kid Cudi (yes, that Kid Cudi): "And that's what's happening. We're gonna go get some grub at the Blue Ribbon courtesy of Harold's Condé Nast expense account so you in or what?"
Like I said, I was feeling the show but this uber-hip moment had me feeling a little queasy. I'm sure it's the producers attempt at authenticity -and it definitely is authentic young, moneyed New York- but it just comes off as trying a little too hard. Having said that, if someone was to offer me some free, model-accompanied Blue Ribbon right now I would be out the door in a minute: that place makes the only fried chicken I am prepared to eat in public.