Sheepshead Bites has snagged the first publicly-available look at Russian Dolls, the new Brighton Beach-based reality show that will air on Lifetime on August 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Lifetime says the show, which had the working title Brighton Beach, provides a “rare and entertaining look at Brighton Beach’s colorful multi-generational families whose dramas and dreams contend with their Russian heritage while living in this famous, alluring, vibrant and highly protective community.”

The series, originally pitched as the Russian response to the MTV hit Jersey Shore, continues to fuel chatter throughout the neighborhood, with some Russian-American leaders excited for the spotlight, and others worried about a poor depiction of the Russian community based on stereotypes. Everything from the name - a term for prostitutes – to some of the people it revolves around, has been criticized. Sheepshead Bites was the first news outlet to reveal a Brighton Beach reality show was in the works, breaking the story in February 2010.

We’ve been asked not to give too many details about the show away – and, yes, we’ve seen full character bios and episode synopses – but we will tell you that it focuses on eight local Russian-Americans.

Here’s the roster of characters, with brief descriptions, provided by Lifetime:

  • Anna (22) – An aspiring model and skillful flirt, Anna recently opened her own modeling school.  She craves the spotlight but still lives in a tiny apartment with her parents and meddling grandmother.
  • Diana (23) – The goal in life for this princess is to find a man she can marry.  Of course, her prince will need to drive a nice car and pay for absolutely everything.
  • Anastasia (26) – Graduating college is not in the cards for this Russian darling who seems more interested in going to the gym, tanning, applying makeup and making sure her hair extensions stay in place.
  • Eddie (26) – A handsome lady-killer, Eddie is looking to make a name for himself in the world, while juggling the ladies and his busy social calendar.
  • Albert (26) – A wheeler-dealer who values his money and social status in Brighton Beach, Albert knows exactly what he wants:  to make millions of dollars and bring a nice Russian girl home to his mom.
  • Marina (34) – Dripping in furs and diamonds, Marina is all about status.  When she isn’t going head-to-head with her spirited mother-in-law, Eva (age 56), Marina runs the popular local club/restaurant Rasputin with her husband Michael and knows everyone in Brighton Beach.
  • Renata (47) – Sweet, energetic and whimsical, Renata hosts a popular Russian radio show.  She’s always trying to make nice when it comes to her friends and lovable, yet overbearing, husband Boris.
  • Sveta (47) – She rules her 30-year marriage with an iron fist, while her husband Sasha runs a local jewelry store.

We’re going to keep our traps shut about what we think for the time being, and instead let you watch the preview and read about the characters. What do you think of how the show looks, and how will it reflect upon the community?

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  • Local Broker

    oy vey 

  • http://twitter.com/djueat Yura Dashevsky

    It don’t look good.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4DJ6KLBGAOWMGIV4I57X4AQHIQ Zoe

      You Englist doesn’t look good either

      • eric

        Your spelling doesn’t look good either

        • Bluman56

          Your punctuation is pitiful.

          • Anonymous

            You’re eating hair!

            But all stupidity aside, I went to school with Anna, from 5th grade to the end of high school. She doesn’t belong on this show, she is very intelligent. And very attractive.

  • Cookiesfly

    Russians have had a bad reputation for all being drunk all the time and now this will just add more fire to that flame. Sigh.

    • Miron22

      do you actually know a lots of russians? or just stereotypes? its like saying that all americans are fat…

  • UnamusedRussian

    How a 22 year old living with her parents in a tiny apt can open her own modeling school is something I’m rather curious about… what’s this carefully crafted description not telling us????  Overall, this show will do for the Russian community what Jersey Shore did for the Italian – tarnish its image while making the participants filthy rich and bringing the collective IQ of the reality TV watching population even further down… if that’s possible.

    • http://twitter.com/bkjenka Jennifer K-Milo

      I actually know Anna, and shes very dedicated to her modeling career, and Lifetime is not hiding anything, she actually does have her own school

  • Kon

    This looks less Jersey Shore. More Russian Sopranos. 

    • Thomasbrizzi

      Jersey Shore are lowlifes. They’re not even from Jersey, they’re from Staten Island.
      Leave the Sopranos, out of this.

  • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Igor

    oy vei is right… I hate MTV for introducing this genre of stupidity in to our lives. But let’s remember it is only entertainment, and it’s hidden away on A&E :D :D :D :D

    I’m just afraid for the cast members who will probably develop high-ego issues…resulting in consequences/interaction with the true Sheepshead dwellers :X

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lenny-FuQin-M/572023228 Lenny FuQin M

    jersey shore was bad .. this is worse, not to mention that i know people from the show, and just by the preview see how this is some how “scripted” ..this looks like a disaster. Like there wasn’t enough bullshit this year within the “russian” community, like we need any more criticism .

  • http://www.facebook.com/krishtul Max Krishtul

    anyone i can speak to about product placement in this show for a fitness product? email me max@aylio.com

  • Anonymous

    Holy hell… I know some of these people. This is insane. No matter what ends up happening with the show or how much it makes me cringe, it shall still be my new guilty pleasure. 

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    The saddest thing is, people are starting to imitate the behavior of these idiot shows. I saw a girl yelling at her boyfriend yesterday. Nothing strange about that, but I could TELL she was doing her best Jersey Shore imitation.  I was of mind to tell her to shut the fuck up, she was not JWOW she was JOBNOXIOUS, but then, that might have made me into The Situation.

      And that’s by no means the first time I saw people (mainly girls) trying their best to mimic the ladies of Jersey Shore with loud, boorish, stupid behavior.  This is so pathetic. The worse the behavior, the more glorified it is made in the media.

    • Truth

      Well said, I was going to write something very similar.  The problem with this show is that people, mostly women, who might have felt a bit hesitant towards being materialistic or bitchy will now see the behavior reinforced on TV and now feel that it’s ok.  The Hills and The Kardanshians already turned a generation of middle class white girls into thinking that life is all about daily spa visits, modeling gigs and afternoon martinis.  Now our already money obsessed Russian brethren will no doubt turn up the notch on the shallowness factor just like their TV heroes. 

      • Skippininmyflipflops

        WOW,well said

      • http://twitter.com/bkjenka Jennifer K-Milo

        I promise not ALL of us Russian girls are like that, even after watching the stupid shows

        • jack

          And I can tell you,  there are no ethnic russians in the show they all Jewish from Russia as all of them in Brooklyn.  Russians and Russian Jewish are completely different people.

          • русская

            On top of that, most of them are not from Russia.  

      • Anonymous

        fuckin mtv.

        what about that show, SWEET 16……..  the girls on that show, need to get their asses KICKED!

  • Dfjkh

    I love it and think it’s great.  More things to talk about with ignorant Americans.

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  • winson

    I hope they make a reality show about non-Russians studying the Russian culture and language in New York because I am one of them and it is my dream to be a superstar on TV

  • Alexshafiro

    im am looking forword to having the russian cummunity get a first hand look at how rediculus we have become. with some of the ladies acting like they are gods gift to man and some of the guys thinking they run this city. i have been quite embarest by my community, as you can tell.

    • Marina

      Alex..your spelling is appalling.  Also…I’m Russian and from Brighton Beach and you sound ridiculous generalizing the entire community based on a few stereotypes.  

      • Anonymous

        Wow, so your an English teacher?

        Just wait, you’ll see how Ridiculous they will make you look, you will be walking down ocean parkway with Asians, mexicans, and black people mocking you, and acting like you were one of the people on the show…

        You know Snooki ended up on South Park…….    

        Imagine what happens when Troy and Matt get this piece of shit….. Russian’s will be laughed at from every Angle,

        • Anonymous

          i can see it now,

          Anna wants Suck Suck!

  • http://twitter.com/nauticalstar Janelle

    One word: UGH

  • JR

    guarantee they get arrested a lot quicker than the schmucks on Jersey Shore 

  • JR

    Also will Maksim make a cameo appearance? 

  • Skippininmyflipflops

    pause at .22 seconds,those are the eyes of a man addicted to percocet,looks like two buttholes on his head,i no him,he acts like john gotti but when hes out of his medicine he turns into a crybaby

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=16409666 Sergey Mak

    Ohhh wow this is gonna piss a lot of russians off, cant wait. 

    Vent here http://www.1WayToPissMeOFF.com

  • http://twitter.com/Microshock Microshock

    I’m Russian and..I’m just offended because we have way better looking girls than this.

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  • Anonymous

    That looks like a Disgrace.

  • Anonymous

    That looks like a Disgrace.

  • Anonymous

    scary part about watching this trailer: seeing people you know on it. amazing. 

  • Guest

    Boring SPAM!!!

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

    I am strangely looking forward to it — will keep me from getting homesick, and remind me about the bullet I dodged! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    Just for the curiosity, I think that I have to watch this, or at least the first episode.

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  • Kos

     Нас голой жопой не возьмешь ))))

  • Macdew

    Fucking jews, there is no Russians. Vodka, bears, dolls, balalaika and other stereotype shit.

  • Macdew

    Another jew movie about jews:)

  • Diko6_

    It will be funny to watch, from the preview i can tell right away they are bad actors. The worst part about this that a lot of people doesn’t know that it’s actuality not REALITY, every episode was planned. If you really want to know more about Russian in USA go and make some friends. Plus those people not even Russian they are mostly from Ukraine. Also don’t forget they were born and grow up here, so they even more American then Russian. If you want to do interesting reality show you should get people who just immigrate here.    

    • Anonymous

      that would be boring…..

      This is America we don’t like stories… we like Drama…   the success of Jersey shore is,  DRAMA LLAMA!!!!!   should check out the first episode of The Real World, Las Vegas…. the very first episode, some dude likes some chick, tells his new friend, new friend hits on the girl the other friend likes, the other friend gets pissed and breaks a glass after he finds out his new friend is mackin on the girl he likes…. blah blah blah drama drama drama

  • Diko6_

    It will be funny to watch, from the preview i can tell right away they are bad actors. The worst part about this that a lot of people doesn’t know that it’s actuality not REALITY, every episode was planned. If you really want to know more about Russian in USA go and make some friends. Plus those people not even Russian they are mostly from Ukraine. Also don’t forget they were born and grow up here, so they even more American then Russian. If you want to do interesting reality show you should get people who just immigrate here.    

  • Anonymous

    Russian Dolls is a show about non-Russian poser idiots who
    came to the US claiming they were oppressed by the horrible Russians then pass
    themselves off as real Russians. Just because you were born in the former
    Soviet Union or Russian Federation and speak Russian doesn’t make you Russian.
    An ethnic Russian born in China who speaks Mandarin isn’t called Chinese. Why
    don’t these idiots reveal their true ethnicity when they commit crimes in the
    US and the ethnicity they used to get into the US, live off of welfare, claim
    their disabled to get a pass on not taking the citizenship test and let’s not
    forget the fake degrees they bought in the former Soviet Union to obtain jobs
    here when they were all involved in illegal money transfers and the black
    market.
     

    • Neighbor

      This rant kind of makes it clear, why non-ethnic residents of Russia wanted to leave such “nice” ethnic Russian “hosts” like RC behind. For some reason this brave Cossack decided to follow….with his venom and whatever other “sweet”qualities he has.

      • Anonymous

         Not before you created communism and all the White Russians had to leave.

    • CossackIsAmoron

      umm wow, anti semite much? Yea… looks like it. and ps, unless you personally know all the people on the show, how are you even sure than none of them are “real” russians like you say. pathetic. 

      • Anonymous

         Hey, Russophobe moron. No Russian is allowed to immigrate to the US unless married to an American citizen or on a work visa. What I don’t understand, you took over Russia, sucked it dry, enslaved the Russian people and then demanded to come to the US  posing as Russians. Seems you’re ashamed of your own ethnicity.

        • Cossackisamoron

          lol you are such an idiot it’s amazing. please keep writing responses. this is pure entertainment. what, did some Jewish girl break your heart and now you go to the interwebs to express your anger? love it. 

          • White Russian Cossack

             If you’re so proud of your ethnicity and came here screaming
            we oppressed you why do you pose as Russians? As for the name calling that’s
            all your good for when you’re called out onto the carpet.

          • White Russian Cossack

             If you’re so proud of your ethnicity and came here screaming
            we oppressed you why do you pose as Russians? As for the name calling that’s
            all your good for when you’re called out onto the carpet.

          • Splife113

            Your confusing. Can you clearly state what your tyring to say? who’s namecalling? Who’s called out on the carpet?

      • Anonymous

         Hey, Russophobe moron. No Russian is allowed to immigrate to the US unless married to an American citizen or on a work visa. What I don’t understand, you took over Russia, sucked it dry, enslaved the Russian people and then demanded to come to the US  posing as Russians. Seems you’re ashamed of your own ethnicity.

    • русская

      Молодец!

  • Agelman87

    And this is why I try to make sure nobody knows I’m Russian when I visit New York…

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  • Michael Yusupov

    This is such a biased show. What makes up Russians? Blood? Looks? Ethnicity? There are many Russian Americans who are really left out. The show should have some diversity and include all people from the former USSR. If anyone reads the History of Brighton Beach, it clearly states that Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union migrated to Brighton Beach. Not only will more viewers tune in, but the show will definitely be a hit.
    What I’m saying makes absolute sense. Ukrainians, Belorussians .. Georgians.. are all Russian speaking people, but are not considered Russian.

    I guess the question comes down to how you define Russians. The show misrepresents the meaning of Russian and neglects  the fact that the Brighton Beach Community is composed of a variety of Russian Speakers who migrated from the Soviet Union. I think the show should represent a mix of Russian Speakers from the former Soviet Union to make it fair.

    • Dima bloom

      As for the actors, please learn how to properly speak English. If the show is about Russian Americans, your English should be better than your Russian..

  • Splife113

     I think they should have called it the Hassadic Russian Jewish show

  • Anonymous

    Just sayin:
    As a true Brighton Beach Babe (born and raised) I must say
    that the show Russian Dolls is pretty spot on. Most Russians are materialistic RACIST
    and disrespectful (to their elders and everyone else for that matter).  Every Russian friend I had did the same thing:  they would date a black or “Spanish”
    guy and then give them the boot when it was time to bring them home to the family.
    Only to marry a Boris or Igor, (usually an ugly guy that will eventually beat
    them) (lol j/k)  It’s amazing that any
    channel would glorify their behavior. The true Brighton beach residents are the
    Hasidic’s,Irish, Italian Pakistani, Spanish, Turkish, and my Coco colored friends ;) you
    ask a Russian anything about Brighton’s
    history and they don’t know. Now don’t get me wrong there are some Russians
    that LOVE America
    and everything about it. I know some beautiful Russian people (inside and out) those
    are the one’s that come off the boat and within 3 months speak English. They embrace
    this county and everything about it and are proud to say they are Russian-Americas.
    However most have been here for years, don’t speak any English or have no any
    intention on learning.  They say that Americans
    don’t like them but it’s them that don’t like us. I mean, it could be the years
    of repression and a communist life that inbreeds money hungry schemers; which is why they come here with no shame and take
    advantage of our system.. I can’t tell you how many Russians I’ve witnessed in
    a check cashing place getting welfare checks and food stamps in their
    chinchilla furs and fendi bags. Or how many times I’ve seen a mom of three with
    a screaming baby and a cart of a few grocery’s get cut off in line by the
    Russian lady with a cart full and while that mom argues with the lady, another babushka
    is cutting in front of them both…LOL it’s crazy!!  They have no manors..:)  Now don’t come back saying I’m a racist or don’t
    know what I’m taking about because I’m NOT!  I love all cultures and see the beauty and ugly
    of them all. (It’s just part of growing up in a place like Brooklyn)
    However, this is in regards to Brighton Beach Russians and the culture that is..
    my neighborhood!!  Unless you’re from
    there, you just don’t know. J
    so
    Do svidanya,
    Adios, Shalom, Ciao and Goodbye!

    • Anonymous

      you just summed up everything in one post.

      however how you managed to escape the kitchen is beyond me.

  • Russian American

    They aren’t Russians but Russaphobe Jew Khazars who speak Russian and pass themselves off as Russians to commit crimes in the US and Russia. Russians are sick of them and their lies.

  • Anonymous

    They are Russophobe Jews not Russians.

  • Anonymous

    They are Russophobe Jews not Russians.

  • Anonymous

    They are Russophobe Jews not Russians.

  • rareRussian

    unfknbelievable,disgusting,primitive,looks like it’s gonna have Borat-effect,because everybody wanna talk about how bad it is while somebody is making money…and sad thing is that it is REAL … unfurtunately … i hope somebody smack the crap out of this “Russian Dolls” … it’s realy Russian Whores,embarrasement for our community,which has bad reputation already…lets make a reality show about our successful prostitutes – yesterday’s escort-service – today’s bussiness ladies “American dream”…fuck that shit…

  • rareRussian

    here is our selfmade image: rudeness , materialistic mentality (it is in every single Russian man nowadays,and we are claiming that this is the only way to live in America),we going to buy a cap of coffee in the morning wearing Ademars Piguet and 5 dollar-t-shirt (like those sanitation workers in the line know the difference or care about how much “dinero” is on your wrist or it adds more class to you,still saying the same words you learned 20 years ago with the same grammar mistakes),we drive Mercedes without garage for it,our women don’t even know that kids learn and copying our obnoxious everydays behavior and we are represent all Russian people in general in this country,we don’t respect anybody exept for those who can punish us,we talk shit and make fun of Americans ,joke about how stupid they are,and here we go – “Russian Dolls” … highly intelligent,iconic image of succesful Russian immigrants. Yeeehaaaa !!! we fuckin made it !!! we’re rich and famous !!! Offcourse,if “Horsy-Shore” made it , why not us/ we got a LOT of shit to show,Let’s go Russian Dolls !!! aint nobody here to stop us,we pay motherfkn taxes ;), God bless America … i hope this beautiful country will last for a long,long time and people with right mind will finaly take over .

  • Salex6

    Not a single person on this show is Russian. This is not a show about Russian Americans, it’s a show about Jews.