“Jersey Shore” Goes Gay With “Under The Boardwalk”
Are you the GLBTQ community’s answer to Snooki Polizzi? Ever watched Pauly D collapse after a night of binge-drinking around Seaside Heights and wished you were The Situation doppleganger passed out next to him?
You’re in luck!
TV’s most controversial “guidos” are packing their cans of fake tan and heading abroad, with MTV announcing that the fourth season of its record-breaking reality hit will be filmed in Italy. (Forgive us, Europe!) That news has inspired a few enterprising young producers with South Jersey’s Under the Boardwalk Productions to cash in on the success of Jersey Shore by launching a gay-friendly spinoff, set to go into production in The Garden State’s gambling mecca of Atlantic City — just a stone’s throw from Seaside Heights — this spring.
The docu-soap will feature up to 10 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender-identifying party animals sharing a beach house at The Shore. Sound familiar? A nationwide hunt is one for the cast of characters who will become the eight housemates.
“I think it will be fascinating,” says producer Kim Friedman.
Tryouts are pretty simple, says Friedman. All the casting directors need is a video-taped interview to figure out whether or not you’re the next J-Woww or Vinny.
If you’re in the South Jersey-area and interested in trying out, Under the Boardwalk Productions is holding a casting call open to the GLBTQ community at Club In or Out in Hammonton, NJ on Saturday Feb. 5.
Under the Boardwalk isn’t the only Shore spinoff that could eventually make its way to the small screen. A spinoff has also been announced in England, where twelve candidates from Newcastle will share a home to the glee of reality fans across the pond. Producers Stateside are working on a Southern-style Jersey Shore, featuring twentysomethings from below the Mason-Dixon Line. Additionally, Shore spinoffs like Koreatown and the Toronto-based Lake Shore, have already found an audience after premiering in 2010.