Brighton Beach, Brooklyn Plotting “Jersey Shore”-Inspired Russian Reality Show
A Brooklyn, New York neighborhood known for its rich Russia population is plotting a reality series inspired by MTV’s breakout docusoap Jersey Shore.
New York-based television producer Elina Miller is using the popularity of the MTV reality smash about a group of “Guidos & Guidettes” screwing (literally) the summer away at the beach to launch a similar docuseries — this one documenting the drunken exploits of young Russian-Americans in NYC’s Brighton Beach community.
“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? … The cameras will roll as you do what you do bestâ€”eat, drink and PARTY,” reads a casting call for the new show. “Here’s who we’re looking for: Outgoing guys and girls between the ages of 21 and 30 who would be willing to spend one summer living in an all-expense paid digs in the New York City area and consider themselves to be Russian-American (or from the former U.S.S.R, including the Caucasus). We’re searching for people throughout the entire U.S. including: NYC, Miami, Cleveland, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco and beyond. You must love attention and be the opposite of camera-shy…..”
While Jersey Shore has put MTV on the hot seat with a firestorm of controversy over its perceived portrayal of Italian-Americans, Miller told Sheepshead Bites on Tuesday that her program won’t accentuate stereotypes of the Russian community: “While some of the stereotypes may have merit, I’m trying to show that [the community is] a lot more complex. One thing that’s common across all cultures is the desire young people have to have fun, to unleash.”
Brighton Beach — nicknamed Little Odessa — is home to one of the largest Russian communities outside Moscow.