The teen drama series “Gossip Girl” shone light on the sexy scandals and lavish lifestyles of Manhattan’s elite prep schools when it premiered in 2007.
But for Upper East Side native Wil Glavin, who was on the verge of high school at the time, it barely scratched the surface.
“‘Gossip Girl’ didn’t go far enough. They had to keep it more PG-13,” said Glavin, who just self-published a novel, “The Venerable Vincent Beattie,” based on his own tween and teen years at posh prep schools. “My book is more R-rated.”
Glavin, who started writing the tome in January 2019 and finished it after being furloughed from his assistant job at Marvel Entertainment, used his alma maters as inspiration: Buckley, the all-boys academy on East 73rd Street attended by Roosevelt and Rockefeller scions; and the co-ed Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School on the Upper West Side, where celebrity alums include Herman Melville, ex-Time Warner CEO Steven Jay Ross and actress Ally Sheedy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke at Columbia Prep’s 2017 graduation; Barron Trump was enrolled there until his move to Washington.
A self-described introvert, Glavin said his protagonist is “a more extreme version” of him, but Vincent’s journey through the wild world of New York City’s prestigious private schools is based on Glavin’s real life.
“A lot of stories I got were just from listening to gossip in the student lounge for four years,” Glavin told The Post.
His parents, a bond salesman and a stay-at-home mom turned marketing executive, were disciplinarians when Glavin was younger.
“My teachers were very strict, and my coaches were very strict,” said Glavin, a 2016 Tufts graduate. “Elbows off the table, chew with your mouth closed. I took etiquette classes … People would always ask me if I had a military background because I am so rigid.”
His sheltered upbringing led to shock at the social scene he observed as he grew up among a well-heeled set.
First came over-the-top bar and bat mitzvahs — Ciara performed at one, Glavin said, and Sean Paul at another. Later, there were the urban equivalent of house parties, which at their most extreme featured hard alcohol and drugs like pot and cocaine.
“In Manhattan, they’re apartment parties or penthouse parties,” said Glavin, who set a scene in “Vincent Beattie” at a particularly debauched one. “There are people hooking up on couches, and they are drinking and smoking cigarettes out the window. And these are the nicest apartments in New York City, with $30,000 tables and $100,000 chandeliers.”
Not everyone took part in these shenanigans. Glavin was a guest at a handful of such soirees, but took his first drink as a high school senior and has never tried drugs.
“I’m glad I was able to go to as many things as I did, because it gave me a lot more material and ammunition,” he said adding that only a small percentage of people he knew were extreme or dangerous partiers.
“These parents would say, ‘Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,’ and they closed the door,” he added. “The houses would be stocked with nice alcohol and champagne, and people played beer pong. It was so crazy to me.”
Flagrant spending by some classmates also went largely unchecked.
“Kids had their own credit cards and spent ridiculous amounts on parties or alcohol or traveling,” Glavin said, adding that some bought fake IDs for clubbing and there often was “next to zero supervision.” “Girls and guys would go to Madison Avenue [to shop] during a free period, going to any restaurant and not even caring how expensive certain things are. The money wasn’t theirs, so they spent whatever they wanted.”
Signs of wealth cropped up in small ways, dividing the mere haves from the have-a-lots. Some students, for example, had personal chauffeurs.
“I always have that image of walking out to Central Park West [by Columbia Prep] and seeing five or six blocks straight, lined with black or white Escalades,” he said.
A highlight of the private school party circuit occurred over spring break, when seniors from different schools organized a trip to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. About 35 to 40 kids per school, Glavin said, flew down for the week.
“No chaperones, no teachers and no parents. It gets so insane down there because the drinking age is 18,” said Glavin, who added it cost between $1,500 to $1,800 per person for five nights at Atlantis, an all-inclusive resort. “We would get to the airport, and people would just buy handles and drink their faces off in their hotel room. There were nightclub parties every night.”
Glavin, who tagged along like “a fly on the wall” because his parents loosened up following their separation when he was 14 (and even paid for him to go to the Bahamas), penned two juicy chapters about the annual hedonistic underage getaway.
He said he thinks “parents back home understood what was going on to an extent. They knew they were drinking and having sex, and no one seemed to care or mind. There was a ‘boys will be boys’ and ‘girls will be girls’ mentality.”
There was a lack of consequences for students who did break rules, Glavin said, in part because parents were often not around to enforce punishments because they were working or traveling.
“If you’re getting grounded by parents, and they happen to be overseas, or they’re working until 11 p.m., it never seemed to prevent people from going out,” he said. “They’d say, ‘My parents are really pissed at me, and they threatened to take away my credit card.’ ”
Even if mom and dad happened to be home, there were ever-present housekeepers, leading to some creative romantic trysts and “a lot of Central Park hookups,” Glavin said.
“You’d ask your friend, ‘If your parents aren’t home, can we go use [your apartment] for 30 minutes or use it for an hour? Do you have siblings? Do you have a reliable doorman who won’t tattle on you or won’t tell your parents?,’ ” he said. “In a rare case, if you are very well-off, there’s getting a hotel room, but that wouldn’t happen until you’re 18 or so.”
The privileged practices of a selective New York City enclave are laid bare in his book, Glavin said, which can allow a much wider audience to appreciate them.
“I hope it helps the introvert, helps the loner, helps the person who doesn’t feel like they fit in,” he said. “It’s relatable for current high school and college students, it’s nostalgic for people post-college, and for parents and teachers, it’s informative. It’s like, ‘Wow, I had no idea it was like this.’ “
Young Justice season 4: Release Date, Cast, Plot And Latest News !!!
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Young justice season 4: Producer of Young Justice, Greg Weisman has shared updates regarding creating this show’s upcoming fourth season. They are considering that the finale of season 3 back in August 2019, there was little to no news regarding its future. Now, however, the fans can rejoice as details have begun to drop in.
What major updates have Greg Weisman shared regarding the production of season 4?
The fourth season is titled Young Justice: Phantoms. Co-producer and co-developer Greg Weisman have affirmed the scripts for 23 episodes have been completed. He responded to some fan inquiry on Twitter, saying that the voice recording process is underway and that”24 scripts are done now.” He said –“We’ve fully recorded 20 episodes. Partially recorded 3 ”
Being an animated series, Young Justice does not face the same challenges as the other DC TV shows. Weisman said that there’d been a successful transition to working at home amidst the coronavirus catastrophe, be it about pre-production, the storyboards, scriptwriting, or design function. However, what his plans are for the actual animation process hasn’t yet been shared. But as the whole staff is working actively, fans should be relieved to see season 4 soon.
The initial broadcasting network for Young Justice was Cartoon Network. The series debuted in 2010, followed by a second year Young Justice: Invasion in 2012. Upon cancellation by Cartoon Network, it was restored by the DC Universe streaming service. The third season came in 2019.
A fourth season has been confirmed to be in development since July of 2019 for DC Universe. A few days after the title revelation of this fourth year, on September 18, it was announced that the series would be moving to HBO Max. This is due to the migration of staying original programs of the DC Universe to the new stage.
Young Justice: Phantoms currently don’t have a premiere date, but it will stream on HBO Max soon.
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Attack On Titan: Season 4 Trailer?
Following the insane ending of season 3, fans are eagerly awaiting news of when the fourth and final instalment of the hit anime will premiere. Here Is Everything To Know About Series
Return to Titan Season 4: Date
Attack on Titan Season 4 will premiere on NHK in Japan on December 7 and Crunchyroll “later this year.” Many of us expected an attack on the season 4 premiere that premiered in October, but on August 6, Chetan Seasons removed the final season from its fall season schedule, indicating that the premiere in early 2021 is now the more it was more likely to happen. It is now revealed that the fourth and final season of Attack on Titan will premiere on December 7 in Japan and “later this year” on Crunchyroll.
Season 4 will feature an attack on the original Titan film, which will give season 1-3 a ‘Chronicle’, on November 18th. So, we may get the first part between December 2020 and January 2021, and the last part falls in 2021.
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On Titan Season 4: Plot
Spoiler alert: We won’t reveal any specific spoilers for season 4 of the manga, but don’t read it until you want to know more. We also see a lot of new Titans and while we don’t expect them to have the lead roles in season 4, they could make a big impact in the final battle with Marley. However, there also are rumours that Titan’s new capacity will play a huge function in season 4.
Reaction to the actual trailer
The response of the season four trailer to Attack on Titan became wonderful and best wishes to expose how famous the collection has remained with fans.
Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on The Boys, TWD, Lucifer, Supernatural, NCIS: LA, Manifest, SEAL Team, NCIS and More!
Is war about to break out on The Boys? What romantic mystery will NCIS resolve? Is The Walking Dead‘s “finale” worth the wait? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows!
Anything on The Boys‘ remaining Season 2 episodes? –Dee
Well, the unspoken war between Queen Maeve and Homelander will continue to escalate in this Friday’s episode of the Amazon series. “Some of her humanity has been awakened by Starlight and being reminded of who she used to be,” showrunner Eric Kripke tells TVLine. “So I think that gave her, in our minds, the courage to tell the truth to Elena and try to rekindle a relationship with her, which she does — but obviously that’s really dangerous and fraught because of Homelander. All the way back in Episode 3 of Season 1, Homelander says, ‘If you ever really love somebody, I don’t think I could handle it.’” And now that the supe knows about Elena, “Maeve is going to have to figure out a way to fight back,” Kripke teases.
Any indication how Maria Bello will bow out of her role as Jack during the new season of NCIS? –Michelle
“When we’re trying to figure out how to exit a character, one thing we always ask is: ‘What does that character deserve?’” co-showrunner Frank Cardea explains. “And the character of Sloane is a very strong character, and a passionate character, so we’re going to really have her go on something worthy of that.” But before she leaves the canvas entirely, viewers’ “ongoing wonderment about what’s going on between her and Gibbs” will be resolved, the EP assures.
When will Sophia Bush’s Good Sam be premiering? I do not see it on CBS’ fall lineup. –Tama
The Good Sam pilot, in which Bush plays a gifted heart surgeon who works in the same hospital as her father, was never ordered to series but is still in development.
Do you have any scoop on Lucifer Season 5B, specifically Eve-related? But any scoop will be welcomed! –Tara
I absolutely pressed the showrunners on Inbar Lavi’s announced return, but they declined to offer any further info “other than we love Inbar, and were very excited to have her back,” said Joe Henderson. So as a consolation prize for you, I rounded up details on who Friday Night Lights alum Scott Porter will be playing in Season 5B and, apparently, Season 6. His character, Carol Corbett, is described as a buttoned-up detective from Dan’s past who joins the LAPD and quickly strikes up a connection with Ella.
The hiatus for The Walking Dead is killing me — got any scoop? –Carrie
Our resident Dead-head Charlie Mason has seen the episode that was supposed to be Season 10’s finale — and will air Sunday, Oct. 4 on AMC — and assures me that it’s worth the wait. (At one point, he actually cried watching.) More specifically, showrunner Angela Kang tells TVLine that Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Negan “has an important role to play in ‘A Certain Doom,’ as he does in a lot of story going forward.” As the series’ embattled survivors brace themselves for a David-and-Goliath showdown with Beta and the Whisperers’ horde of walkers, Negan is “not a guy who wants to sit on the sidelines,” the EP notes. “He wants to be considered important.” Ah, but at what cost?
Will Icicle’s son be a part of Stargirl Season 2? –Tyler
Stargirl creator Geoff Johns assured me that we will “definitely” see more of Cameron Mahkent (played by Hunter Sansone) as well as fellow ISA offspring Artemis Crock (Stella Smith) in Season 2.
With the Major gone on Manifest, will anyone still be trying to “weaponize” the 828ers’ anomaly? –Brett
“That’s an open question, because we learned all the way back in Season 1 that the Major obviously is not working alone,” showrunner Jeff Rake reminds. “Just because she’s been taken out doesn’t mean that that’s not still an agenda that someone at the government is still focused on.”
Is there going to be a Deeks storyline in NCIS: Los Angeles Season 12? –Diana
And how! “We’re going to find out that Deeks’ job as an LAPD liaison, because of all the police reform, may be in jeopardy,” showrunner R. Scott Gemmill shared during our in-depth preview. That, combined with issues at the bar as well as what all he and Kensi want for their future, will push Deeks to face a major decision.
If there’s any NCIS: LA info regarding Hetty, I would like to know what it is! –Maria
To include Hetty in the season premiere, during these pandemic times, the show traveled to cast member Linda Hunt’s house, and actually filmed her in her driveway! “We’re doing everything we can to keep everyone safe,” Gemmill explained, “and if Muhammad won’t go to the mountain…!”
Is it too much to hope for a heavily brother-centric Supernatural series finale? –Luis
It sounds like you’re going to get your wish: “For the most part, we wrap up a big chunk of our mythology in Episode 19,” co-showrunner Andrew Dabb tells TVLine. As a result, “Episode 20 is more character-based and is more concerned with Sam, Dean and this family they’ve built around them than it is with figuring out the Case of the Week.”
Will Doctor Who air a holiday episode this year? –Christi
Yes, the Doctor Who Festive Special, “Revolution of the Daleks,” will air at some point this holiday season and feature Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole.
Anything on Russian Doll season 2? — Katie H.
Nyet, as production on the acclaimed series’ second season was postponed by the pandemic.
I was very happy to see James Ransone in the last season of SEAL Team, as Reiss Julian? Can we expect to see him again in Season 4? –Melinda
Maybe! But maybe not, seeing as the final cut of the first two episodes of the season (aka the leftover final two episodes of last season) remains in flux. “Given the nature of Reiss’ job and Davis’ job” — including the fact that Bravo Team’s deployment is nearly over — “it’s going to be a challenge for them to stay in each other’s orbits,” showrunner Spencer Hudnut said when I delivered your Q. “Sonny’s return obviously will complicate matters for Davis, too.”
Do you have any scoop on Black Lightning Season 4? –Nick
Following a long stretch during which Jefferson had little interaction with Garfield High, Cress Williams told me that his No. 1 hope for Season 4, “because I love being the principal and a counselor and mentor for the kids at the school, is that I get to do a bit of that again. Hopefully we touch on that.”
Is Charles Michael Davis returning to NCIS: New Orleans? –Erica
Yes, I have confirmed for you that CMD will continue on into Season 7 as a series regular, playing Special Agent Quentin Carter.
I loved the little “bored in quarantine” video that Bob’s Burgers did, so I was wondering if they’ll be doing a full coronavirus episode when the show comes back? — Katie H
Not exactly — though the second episode (airing Oct. 4) does focus on a pinworm epidemic that is spreading at the kids school. (But to be clear, said episode was written and recorded well in advance of the current coronavirus pandemic.)
Real questions from real people get real answers! If you want the Inside Line on a favorite show, email InsideLine@tvline.com! Questions left in Comments will not be read and may count against your final score. (With additional reporting by Vlada Gelman)
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