Fremantle Australia Now Dabbling in Semi-Scripted Reality TV – What About A Real Housewives Series?
There are a few genres of reality TV like talent based, observational, and the semi scripted variety. Fremantle Media Australia has dabbled in most of them, but I think from memory (and I could be wrong) that this is the first time they had dabbled in semi-scripted or otherwise known as docu-soaps reality TV shows.
Ros Reines in her gossip column in the Sunday Telegraph states that Fremantle Media is currently casting for a show called The East – a reality series loosely based on the very popular show The Hills. The East was in the final stages of pre-production and was being sold at the Cannes television festival.
Paola Cracknell a production assistant to Kyle and Jackie O is on the short list for a role on the show. Jackie has given her seal of approval to Paola.
“Paola is gorgeous, in her early 20s and super sweet, but she has a feisty side to her,” said Jackie O.
Other names in the mix are student Ruby Jacenko, famous for socking her PR-queen sister, Roxy, at an event last year.
Also Reines writes another reality series based on Sydney’s eastern suburbs called Summer City is in advanced planning. It is based on eight friends in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. April Rose Pengilly, Corbin Harris and Nadia Fairfax are being considered.
What Sydney really needs is their own Real Housewives series like the very popular Real Housewives of NYC, based on the lives of six New York ‘socialites’. The Sydney cast could include Skye Leckie wife of David Leckie as Australia’s version of Ramona. Gail Elliott, could take on the Kelly Bensimon role, Charlotte Dawson would be perfect in the Bethenny role, and Kirsten Carrioll would be the equivalent of the countess as she is married to a French man, as well as using it as platform to promote her lanolips range. For the Jill Zarin role I would suggest Ben Tilley’s wife Tiffany which would also create some tension with Skye Leckie just like the Real Housewives of NYC show.
Now for ‘social climbers’ Alex and Simon’s role who live in Brooklyn, I am sure there would hundred’s of D listers volunteering for the role, but one that springs to mind is Bessie Bardot and her husband Geoff Barker.