"Sex and the City" has added many things to the pop culture lexicon. Primary among those things is the notion that women travel in packs of four. And so we have "Girlfriend Confidential: LA" (11 p.m. tonight, Oxygen), a reality show about four women living and loving in the City of Angels.
Our Carrie is Eva Marcille, who reality show fans would recognize as an early winner of "America's Next Top Model." Her friends include actress Denyce Lawton (Samantha-ish in her sexual straight talk, but, she says, she only has sex within relationships), who appeared on "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," designer Nikki Chu (a no-nonsense professional like Miranda), and talent/brand manager Kelly Marie Dunn (prudish like Charlotte, though not anywhere as classy).
Since none of these women are well-known the thrust of the plot is showing how getting a taste of the high life makes one strive for more. Marcille's issue is that her modeling days are ending so she's trying to launch an acting career. Despite Lawton's four years on the Tyler Perry show, she's fighting to ignite her career. There's an interesting scene with a top agent that reveals working with the rich and famous Perry may not help your resume. After Lawton tells the woman she was on a series and then reveals which series, the women asks which recognizable NETWORK shows Lawton has done. The lack of respect for Perry's output is unsaid but fairly obvious. Both Chu and Dunn seem on sounder footing; Chu is working on a sneaker line, while Dunn, who worked with Lady Gaga, seems to have a thriving business.
Overall "Girlfriend Confidential: LA" is just mildly interesting. Marcille is at the center and she's lovely and sweet, yet she's just another pretty woman trying to be an actress. The lives explored here aren't glamourous, they are glamourous-adjacent and if you're going to watch this type of show, why not watch someone who is higher up on striving ladder, like Tori & Dean or those Kardashians?