When it’s fresh, I don’t mind watching Entourage, so it’s no surprise that I’m following How to Make it in America which is just Entourage in New York with less people, less movies, and more fashion. Oh, and presumably less money. But not that you’d know it. I’m not proud to admit it, but I’ve also seen programs like Gossip Girl and others where groups of people hang out and either have lots of money or very little money. There is one constant thread though – these people never wait for anything. Especially not a reservation.
Now, when you’re dealing with rich movie stars or elitist high society snots, that makes sense. Money opens doors. But plenty of other shows, with plenty of other people, dealing with plenty of problems, including less money, don’t seem to have any problems with it either. They call a buddy and tell them to meet them at the spot at a specific time. Usually it’s a premium time, like 8pm. Cut to our crew showing up and getting seated no problem. I haven’t been to New York, but I live in Los Angeles and have lived in DC and I know full damn well you can’t just walk in at 8pm and get a table and service. Hell, you virtually need a reservation at McDonald’s here in SoCal. You want to get sushi any time after 6pm? Call ahead, make a reservation, and still wait 90 minutes.
That’s ignoring the fact that half the time at least one member of the group is having financial difficulty and can’t get enough money scraped together to start his business, but he’s got no problem going out for drinks at trendy bars four nights a week. Like I said, we’ll overlook that. These places aren’t in the middle of Pennsylvania – I’ve lived there too. It’s not too hard to snag a table there. Though the 8pm time slot can still be a bit rough. What is it that I’m doing wrong that these regular dudes can just arrange a meeting at a hip spot and walk in like they own the joint? You want me to sympathize with the plight of this “regular” guy, yet he’s pulling super models, going out for drinks 4 nights a week, and getting into any restaurant or bar at any time with no hassle.
What’s the solution here? Should programs show more people waiting around outside restaurants? Should they choose less trendy places? Just put fewer extras in the background? Maybe they should just say 6pm instead of 8pm. That makes it a little bit more realistic. Maybe I’ve just stood outside waiting on too many tables and have gotten a little sensitive, but seeing just anyone snap their fingers and grab prime real estate at a primo time is pushing me to my boiling point.