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When we told you that the Brighton Beach show will air on Lifetime Channel, we didn’t really know what to make of it.

Was Lifetime taking steps to re-brand for a younger, livelier generation? Were they moving from the wide-hipped Bonbon crowd to the Cosmo-downing, urban chic chickies?  You know… a little less Dorothy and a little more Blanche?

Nope! Lifetime’s audience just isn’t ready for this jackass. The Lifetime version will be “suitably feminized,” network spokesman Michael Feeney told the New York Times.

“It’s a multigenerational women’s story about life in the community,” Mr. Feeney said. “It’s about their dating life, their work life, their relationships together and their external relationships. It characterizes a community; it’s not a bunch of people put in a house. It’s done in the Lifetime voice, not in the MTV voice.”

… Mr. Feeney said the producers were currently casting for families. Na zdorovje!

So, it looks like the producers are starting over from scratch, despite their last Facebook update in August saying the “cast is almost complete…and we’ll start shooting soon.” And thousands of stereotype-indulging Russkies are in for massive disappointment. Perhaps a second Russian Revolution is in the works, and this one will be televised.

Or not. Regardless, the thing I’m left wondering is what’s so interesting about this “feminized” angle that Lifetime would want to do it? I wasn’t a big fan of the whole Jersey Shore idea, but I could see how others might be interested. But this?

Sheepshead Bay is a Russian neighborhood, so I have to ask: are the stories of Russian women’s dating life, work life and external relationships so much different than anyone else’s? Or am I going to have to quickly learn the Russian phrase for “Zzzzz…..”?

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

    I wish there someone would propose a true cinéma vérité reality show. All I see is contrived and possibly even scripted.

  • RomanM

    Regardless of content, they lost a majority of their audience a long time ago by pitching the idea on Lifetime. I think I have that channel removed from my tv listings when I first setup my DVR.

    Secondly, I agree, not even going to entertain the thought of watching even a single episode. They messed up a great idea.

  • Iitolustii

    Ned you hit the nail right in the head ! ..Epic FAIL ! its a shame the original idea was so much better.

  • Local Broker

    The only way this could be interesting is if its rated MA and on cinemax at about 1:30am.

  • A23

    each and every one of your is gonna be glued to lifetime when it airs – stop pretending

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIXKMWVRUVBKQ4CT75NB5BAEBU Death

    If the Jersey Shore kids are taking Valtrex Pills, Wonder what the Brighton Show folk is gonna be taking… LOL

    Vodka doesn’t Cure everthing ya know….

  • http://twitter.com/Microshock Microshock

    They made Jersey look worse than it originally did and now they’ll do the same to Brighton Beach

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CIXKMWVRUVBKQ4CT75NB5BAEBU Death

    Omg imagine if lifetime makes russians look bad on tv, game over lifetime. South park is gonna be doing a skit next week on the jersey shore… Imagine if they target Russians….

    Game over man

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  • LUSTBOY

    BRAKING NEWS ABOUT THE BRIGHTON BEACH SHOW -FAKE-: the “3 cast of girls and there “boyfriends” are in FACT ACTORS/MODELS !! ( THERE NOT REAL )…there not even FROM Brighton beach or Brooklyn..some are from Boston, hahahaha BULLS%$T! Thanks Lifetime and the producers of this show as well as Riza ( The casting Director in charge of casting these “real woman”..lol), Filming has already started in OPM, National Restaurant , Lotus Cafe, and right here in Sheepshead bay.