Lifetime has the smartest women out there working for it because they’re always looking for ways to take the topics or conflicts we’re most excited about — like pregnancy pacts, the syph, and Amanda Knox — and implement them into their programming. Luckily, they’re looking to continue down this path of handing out Saturday night blessings because the network just picked up Brighton Beach, which the Hollywood Reporter is describing as “the Russian Jersey Shore.” (Have you noticed the “applause” sign is lit? Because I just replaced all the bulbs, so it should be assaulting you.)
Twelve episodes of the new show have been ordered, and it’s scheduled to debut at the exact day and time of sometime next year. The cast will consist of a group of Russian-Americans who live out on Coney Island, and Lifetime is going out of its way to highlight that unlike the Jersey Shore cast, Brighton Beach will have a “multigenerational” cast that “better reflects Lifetime’s audience.” So they’ll be in different stages of menopause and have prostate issues, differing in severity?
Brighton Beach was first pitched to networks last March, and producer Elina Miller gave one reporter a great taste of what the show would be like. She said, “We are big fans of Jersey Shore, but the Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting. 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.” Well at least that’ll take care of the Adidas problem.
Source: Hollywood Reporter