The City

Season 1 Episode 1

If She Can Make It Here...

Aired Tuesday 10:30 PM Dec 29, 2008 on MTV - Music Television
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Episode Summary

A whole new life awaits Whitney Port as she packs up her comfortable life in Los Angeles and heads for fashion-forward Manhattan. With an exciting new job at global design house Diane von Furstenberg and a brand new boyfriend, everything seems perfect in Whitney's world... that is until Whitney learns that her "uptown" lifestyle is a complete turn-off to her "downtown" boyfriend, who wants nothing to do with that world.moreless

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  • Whitney Takes On The Big Apple Without LC

    The premiere of "The Hills" spin-off, "The City," has finally debuted with California girl Whitney moving to New York City to work for Diane Von Furstenburg. As a fan of "Laguna Beach" (Seasons 1-2) and "The Hills," MTV has kept up with creating a show centering around another likable cast member and chronicling their day-to-day life. Although there were a few flaws that made the show seem kinda bland, I see the show having a lot of potential in the future. The villianess of the series is without a doubt socialite Olivia Palermo. Her icy glares and snappy remarks made the show interesting to watch. I'm dying to see what influence she will have on Whitney in the future as she sets out to prove that New York is not at all like California. Also, Whitney's love life is explored which was rarily done on "The Hills". I hope the show does well even though at times I miss those cozy Lauren and Whitney chats followed but the random faces of Whitney.moreless
  • The show has some flaws, but could eventually develop into a good series.

    I was worried about whether or not Whitney Port could lead a successful reality show on MTV. At first glance The City, as the show is simply dubbed, seemed like Gossip Girl with less-interesting characters. It also felt less "real" than The Hills.

    But The City is intent on sticking too the same mold that the two California predecessors did with the blonde (First Kristin, then Lauren, now Whitney), the friend (Audrina and now Erin, who even looks like her) and the spoiled villain (Heidi and now Olivia). This formula can only go on for so long. And what was up with Olivia's cousin Nevan who thought he was Jeremy Piven?

    The City does have an upside though as Whitney is a likable character. Not as pretty or funny as some Laguna Beach or The Hills girls, not as charismatic either, but you root for her to "win" and find happiness and be able to tame Jay and have a healthy relationship with her. She's a good protagonist I only worry that she'll grow boring after a few episodes as we're used to her only talking to Lauren for two minutes every week.moreless

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    • The theme song is Top of the World by The Pussycat Dolls. A demo version, produced by Calvo Da Gr8t and the Writing Camp, was used for the shows' trailer.

    • Featured Music:

      In The City by Kevin Rudolf
      Borrowed Time by A Fine Frenzy
      Oh My God (Ft. Lily Allen) by Mark Ronson
      Prelude to a Kiss by Alicia Keys
      New York Girls by Morningwood
      Bring It On by Autamata
      Signs by Bloc Party
      Starstruck by Lady Gaga ft Space Cowboy & Flo Rida
      We Break The Dawn by Michelle Williams
      Live Your Life by T.I. ft Rihanna

    • Although rumors surrounding the show swirled for months before, it wasn't until October 9th 2008 that MTV officially announced that The City had been given the greenlight.

    • Whitney Port's former boss, Kelly Cutrone of the notable public relations firm People's Revolution, was offered the chance to star alongside her one time protégé in The City but opted to focus on new projects instead.

    • MTV released two trailers to promote this show. The song that plays over the first teaser is called "Story" by Jeanette Thulin. The second trailer featured the song "Carousel" by Paper Route.

    • Whitney Port was not MTV's first choice to star in this reality series. Originally, actress Natalie Portman and her boyfriend, musician Devendra Banhart, were slated to star in MTV's reality soap. At the last minute they dropped out, and Whitney was chosen to lead the spin-off with boyfriend, Jay Lyon.