“Jersey Shore,” Russian-Style?
We knew it was only a matter of time before some production company had the idea to take the “Jersey Shore” and apply it to (fill in the blank here) nationality. So we weren’t surprised to hear about “Brighton Beach,” a show where a group of hot Russian 20-somethings will live in a beach house in a Brooklyn neighborhood that’s been dubbed “Little Odessa.” “The Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting,” said show co-creator Elina Miller. “There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars. There will also be a lot of hot, decked-out Russian girls. … But we would never want to portray this insular community in a way that isn’t positive. We’re used to everyone asking if we’re in the mafia and if we drink vodka and get chased by bears.”
Miller put up a casting site for the show last week, and says she has already received hundreds of hopefuls, some of them conveniently with nicknames like “The Entity,” “B-Boy” and “Mr. OTB,” an abbreviation for “Off The Boat.” Miller’s dream cast mate? “It would be really funny if we got a Russian mail-order bride,” she said. So funny. What do you think? Will you be DVRing this show? [NY Post]