Vladimir "The Situation" Putin, Milla "JWOWW" Jovovich, Catherine "Snookie" the Great, DJ Ivan Drago

Okay, let’s start by saying that we have no idea if this is real. However, a A website popped up five days ago claiming to be the application page for a future reality television show based on Jersey Shore – but Ruskie-fied.

(An update to this story has been posted, including an interview with Brighton Beach show’s creator, Elina Miller)

Guess what it’s called… go on, guess…

Brighton Beach! And no, there won’t be one bit of stereotyping of Russians as vodka-downing, kalbasa-munching, techno-blasting party fiends. Oh… wait… here’s the description for the casting call:

Are you the Russian Snooki or The Situation? Are you a super outgoing and fun-loving Russian-American that sometimes sneaks kalbaska, pel’meni and vodka from the fridge? Can people hear the Euro/Techno/Russian music blasting from your car before they see you pull up? Do you attend birthday parties at Russian restaurants every weekend? If so, we may want to cast you for a new reality TV show that centers around a group of Russian-American strangers living together in a house on the shores of Brighton Beach for a summer. The cameras will roll as you do what you do best — eat, drink and PARTY.

Sorry Alevtina, but this just isn’t your day.

The mysterious unidentified producers are looking for Russian-Americans between the ages of 21 and 30 for a six to eight week commitment over the summer. Video interviews are requested as part of the application process, and applicants are expected to answer 20 questions ranging from their personality to their dating philosophy, and from percentage of Russian friends to their beauty routine.

At first glance, we had trouble taking this seriously. Could it really be? Did someone steal our idiotic idea of Sheepshead Shore? And put it in the grimier but more apropos venue of Brighton?

Well, we don’t know. But the website appears professional enough, with sharp grammar and effective marketing copy. The interview tips follow tried and true suggestions for testimonial-style video recording. I suppose in the world of reality TV, anything’s possible.

So, Sheepshead Bay, get your wife-beaters ready. It’s time to elevate the profile of the Russian stereotype to the levels shared by obnoxious guidos and drunken Irishmen.

(An update to this story has been posted, including an interview with Brighton Beach show’s creator, Elina Miller)

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  • rutgersbeerman

    “Obnoxious guidos and drunken Irishmen”?! Hey! I resemble that remark…

  • PayPaul

    Next thing you know they'll be recruiting hummus eating, Bhurka wearing, hookah smoking exotic dancers from Coney Island Avenue?

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Mhmm….

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Clearly they can do this with any ethnic stereotype, and I wouldn't be so happy if they came for my fellow Jews (a house full of neurotic accountants with allergies?), so I can imagine the eventual outrage to result from this crap if it goes big.

    At least with Jersey Shore, I don't think they ever explicitly said they were looking for “guidos” or Italians in their casting call or promotion (and two of them are not Italian). This one definitely does make that limitation and leaves the door open for more severe criticism than JS.

    What would have been cool is a Coney Island show. Take a carny and a freak, an economically downtrodden and a developer, a burlesque dancer and a beachgoer and stick them in a house together this 2010 summer. Then I bet you'd actually get a real interesting dynamic during one of Coney Island's most turbulent summers ever.

    Producers?…

  • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

    I would LOVE this. It would help with the homesickness (and then keep me from wanting to move back)!

    • Spunkster

      If you’re homesick, why don’t you just go back to Russia or the Ukraine? You’re in America where you get everything handed to you – you no longer have to stand in line for a loaf of bread or a roll of toilet paper. What’s to be homesick about? You’re free now.

  • bananas1234

    hahahahahaha i hope tehy come to starbucks so i can tell them how obnoxious they are on tv hahah!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    It's no joke. The producer, Christine Mahin, has bona fides in production.

  • shamegro

    I hope they have them living at Oceana

  • jo

    this photo is f'ing hilarious!

  • Ray Johnson

    I agree with Jo. This photo (shop) is very funny.

  • brooklyngohard

    why

  • bk_minT

    HAHAHA id like to be on this show… itll be comedy…. plus i live in brighton bitch, its pretty boring… time for something new!! haha

    - m i n T

  • bagels

    This was on the NBC morning news this morning and in the local papers. Looks like it's going to happen.

  • ANDREW KRON

    THEY SHOULD MAKE A SHOW THE REAL BROOKLYN OR BROOKLYN BOYZ THAT'S A LIL MORE REALISTIC AND U CAN HAVE BRIGHTON BEACH IN IT TOO ID DEFF APPLY TO THAT AND SHOW THEM WHAT A TRUE KID FROM BENSONHURST IS LIKE WE WOULD HIT THE JERSEY SHORE , HAMPTONS, ALL THE BLOCK PARTIES , ALL THE “BROOKLYN PARTIES” IN THE CITY BAY RIDGE, ROLL N ROASTER , L&Bs GO ALL OVER EVEN SOUTH BEACH ETC. I GOT A LOTTA IDEAS ID JUST GO BANANAS,, SNAPPPP OUTT AND SHOW THE REST OF THE USA WHO WEARS THE WIFE BEATAA BEST ITS WATTA AND CAUFEEE NOT WATER NOT COFFEE U SUPER NERDS LOL!!!! ….DOT F#&*IN COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    Join this group – http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=392459638571 – and tell Ms. Miller and the rest of the idiots who are auditioning, that REAL RUSSIANS who are competent, intelligent and successful ARE N*OT B*RIGHTON BEACH but this show will portray all of us as one (with a blackeye).

  • http://www.facebook.com/popdemonium Pop Demonium

    For more information about the Brighton Beach Show, follow this link:: http://blog.popdemonium.com/2010/03/09/brighton

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  • Barkingspider7

    If this BS ever comes to fruition, I hope they keep it restricted to Russian TV. If they bring it to satellite TV, I cancel my subscription. I refuse to watch the russians commit crimes, do drugs, get drunk and all the other wonderful things that they do so well. Who wants my flatscreen TV if this happens?