Attempting to wrest their laurels on the “Girls” juggernaut, a bunch of reality TV producers have come up with the hideous/genius idea of casting a “real-life” version of the hit HBO show. Reads the producer’s Craigslist pitch:
Ever feel like life in the big frantic city is just too much? Are you a twenty-something young woman seeking fame, fortune, love or even a hookup with potential? How do you get from here to there when you can’t even get a seat on the L train! [Ed Note: Nobody gets a seat on the L train because people on the L train don’t know how to ride the subway] Come to a casting call with our Emmy-winning production company and tell us your dreams and woes, your highs and lows, your tales of *** in the city and the outrageous opportunities that have come your way. Is your circle of friends bound together by not just the parties, fights, and brunches but frequent bouts of commiserating over your struggles? It isn’t easy taking the road less travelled [sic], but making it as a writer, designer, entrepreneur, actress/model or glorified dog walker never is!
The real life television show we are making follows the trials and tribulations of an ensemble of wise-beyond-their-years young ladies. We are with you living the dream in hipster Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Only well educated and cultured extroverts need apply. Are you thinking about that show–”Girls?” Well we didn’t say it but. . ..now that you mention it.
Because Millennials will never get enough navel-gazing, we’re sure these guys will get a tons of responses from girls who think they’re the next true-life Hannah, Marnie, Jessa or Shoshanna. Plus, stuff like Lena Dunham’s outrageous $3 million book deal proves that there’s a market — or projected market — in this demographic. To me, this wreaks of yet another attempt to exploit and cash in on “hipster” culture, whatever that actually is these days. Tons of other shows have attempted to work this trope — from METV’s “Underemployed,” and “I Just Want My Pants Back,” to HBO’s “How To Make It In America,” and so on. I suppose the difference is, this will be “real life.” But when the generation of women who’d appear on this show is so bombarded with reality TV culture, there’s no way it’ll resemble that at all. Plus, shows like this assume that the rest of the world is as obsessed with New York as New York is, and I’m not sure that that’s true. Is it? Still, since it’ll likely take place around my subway stop, I’ll be watching. [Via Jezebel]