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Will Tampa native JoAnna Garcia's CW series Privileged survive?

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February

Privileged When the CW announced its list of series pickups for next season -- Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, America's Next Top Model, Smallville, 90210 and Supernatural -- one title was conspicuously absent.

Tampa native JoAnna Garcia's ambitious dramedy Privileged aired its last show of the season Tuesday night, with producers, cast and crew still unaware whether the show would get another season.

The series, featuring Garcia as a quirky girl who winds up as a live-in tutor for two spoiled sisters in a Palm Beach mansion, has foundered in the ratings, drawing an average 765,000 viewers to date this season and landing below the Top 100 broadcast TV series, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Joannagarciaprivileged_l The show's producer, Rina Mimoun, wrote a cliffhanger into last night's episode to prod the CW into picking up the show, though my experience has indicated that rarely forces networks to keep airing a series if they lose confidence.

In the end, Garcia's character is shown getting a call from a longtime flame as she's lying in bed next to a new man -- what will our spunky heroine do?

And will the CW let any of us find out?

It should go without saying that seeing the renewal of every other major remaining drama -- outside of the network's black-centered shows and its disastrous, outsourced Sunday lineup -- is not a great sign. So fans of the show who have itchy writing fingers better put pen to paper soon; there may not be a lot of time left.   

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:55pm]

    

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