The Week in DVR: The Premiere of NYC Prep! Plus, Neve Campbell Returns to TV in The Philanthropist

Monday: Empire Records
Here’s a reminder that, once upon a time, people did go to stores when they wanted to buy music … and the music they purchased was on a CD! Empire Records has gained quite a reputation over the last decade, despite paling in comparison to the vastly superior (and similarly themed) Dazed and Confused. Ironically, the two films share Rory Cochrane as a cast member (Slater in Dazed; the Zen-like Lucas here), but, as fun as he is in Empire Records, we’re more susceptible to the charms of Liv Tyler (as the ingénue) and Renee Zellweger (as the sex kitten with the killer voice). For nostalgia enthusiasts, dust off your old Gin Blossoms albums and enjoy. [Fuse, 10 p.m.]

Tuesday: NYC Prep
If NYC Prep has any say in the matter, Gossip Girl will no longer be your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. The new reality series follows six Upper East Side teenagers, all but one of whom attend posh-but-unnamed private schools, and tries to capture the same decadent, post-Gomorrah lifestyle that the CW show so deftly does on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, thanks to some ridiculously forced conversations (while shopping for clothes, the Serena-like Jessie just so happens to find time to express her “hate” of Gossip Girl) and even worse reality television acting, we’re sorry to say that NYC Prep fails to gain admittance into the upper crust. Still, kudos to lothario-in-training Sebastian, who, at 16, says his hobby is to hook up with the hottest girls he can. The kid makes Chuck Bass look like a charter member of the National Abstinence Education Association. [Bravo, 10 p.m.]

Wednesday: The Philanthropist
In NBC’s continuing quest to corner the market on shows starting with the word “the,” here comes The Philanthropist. James Purefoy (Mark Antony from Rome) stars as Teddy Rist, a Sir Richard Branson–type billionaire who wakes up during a flood in Nigeria and decides that he should start using some of his riches to save people. Neve Campbell co-stars, in her first series work since Party of Five. First Matthew Fox. Then Jennifer Love Hewitt. Now, Ms. Campbell. Lacey Chabert, we’re waiting! [NBC, 10 p.m.]

Thursday: Point Break
With director Kathryn Bigelow making her triumphant return to theaters this week with The Hurt Locker, maybe it’s time to go into the ole time machine and remember her biggest hit. Made when she was still Mrs. James Cameron, Point Break is a classic ’90s relic, the kind of movie with excess amounts of violence, nudity and Gary Busey. This film is so ridiculous that Keanu Reeves’ undercover agent is actually named Johnny Utah. Vaya con dios, brahs. [Starz in Black, 10:35 a.m.]

Friday: The River Wild
Meryl Streep, action star! The World’s Greatest Living Actress™ lets her hair down and kicks Kevin Bacon’s ass in Curtis Hanson’s underrated 1994 white water rafting thriller. Speaking of Mr. Bacon, fans of his namesake parlor game should take note: With always ubiquitous co-stars like John C. Reilly and David Strathairn making appearances, The River Wild creates a veritable smorgasbord of possible degrees. [Woman Max, 1:50 p.m.]


The Week in DVR: The Premiere of NYC Prep! Plus, Neve Campbell Returns to TV in The Philanthropist