We have no idea if this casting call for a Jersey Shore knockoff set in Brooklyn's Russian stronghold of Brighton Beach is authentic, but like blog Sheepshead Bites, we kind of hope that it is. After all, with the original Jersey Shore cast headed down to South Beach, we're left with only The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The City and a handful of others shaming the tri-state area before a national television audience. Here's what Brighton Beach, the show, is looking for:
Are you the Russian Snooki or The Situation? Are you a super outgoing and fun-loving Russian-American that sometimes sneaks kalbaska, pel'meni and vodka from the fridge? Can people hear the Euro/Techno/Russian music blasting from your car before they see you pull up? Do you attend birthday parties at Russian restaurants every weekend? If so, we may want to cast you for a new reality TV show that centers around a group of Russian-American strangers living together in a house on the shores of Brighton Beach for a summer. The cameras will roll as you do what you do best — eat, drink and PARTY. Worn-out concept? Perhaps, but we're so on board with this.
As we learned on Jersey Shore, copious alcohol intake + ethnic groups known for short fuses + an all-hours boardwalk = entertainment gold. Brighton Beach delivers on all of the above criteria, and even 'roided up Ronnie from Jersey Shore probably wouldn't make it out of one of those vodka-soaked southern Brooklyn supper clubs alive. Not that his whereabouts would ever become known...
And who knows, maybe there's a civic benefit! Mayor Bloomberg and the amusement park operator taking over much of Coney Island this summer will be trying to draw hordes of tourists back to the area. With Seaside Heights getting a boost from Jersey Shore tourism, maybe a Brighton Beach-based show would have a similar effect, bolstering the city's Coney redevelopment effort. Or maybe we'll just get to watch a bunch of drunken idiots cavorting in a hot tub. Either way.
· Brighton Beach [brightonbeachshow.com]
· Brighton Beach Reality Show a la Jersey Shore? [Sheepshead Bites]