Michael and Marina Levitis during the shows filming. Except now they're sad. (Source: James Edstrom + Mr. Frownie Face.)

Rumors have been circulating that Lifetime’s Russian Dolls – yeah, you know the one – has been cancelled. Well, that’s not quite right.

The unofficial Russian Dolls blog was the first to note that Lifetime was switching up its plans to air out the rest of the season. They announced two weeks ago that the network would run all of the previously aired episodes of Russian Dolls back-to-back on October 4, then run a marathon of all the unaired episodes this morning, October 7, at 8:00 a.m. Which is exactly when everyone wants to watch a bunch of shrill hacks running around being hack-ish, right? Clearly this was good news for the Dolls.

Or not. The back-to-back airing was a sign that the show wasn’t doing well, and would probably mean cancellation. After all, the show received less than a million viewers at its height. Even for cable, that’s pretty dismal for a primetime slot.

We checked in with Lifetime Networks earlier this week, but have yet to receive a response or statement. So instead we turned to one of the show’s creators, Elina Miller, who wasn’t yet ready to claim fin on the project, but instead said Lifetime was just trying it out with a different market.

“It wasn’t cancelled, they just decided to air the rest of the show in a marathon,” Miller said. “Then they will re-air the entire series week-by-week on their sister network Lifetime Real Women.”

But doesn’t that mean “The End” for the show? Not necessarily, and Miller was quick to put a spin on it.

“If it was cancelled, they wouldn’t rerun the episodes. It would just stop.”

You see, cancellation in the TV business means stopped mid-run, with no plans for future development or airing. Lifetime is actually finishing up the show, and giving it a second chance on their sister network. If it performs well on Real Women, it could be picked up for a second season.

“We don’t have word yet on season two, so nothing is confirmed,” Miller said. “It’s random. Sometimes networks pick it up while it’s running; sometimes they wait a little bit. There’s no clear-cut formula about when they’re going to let us know.”

And if it doesn’t get picked up for a second season? Well, it still wasn’t cancelled, it just wasn’t renewed.

If that’s the case, the ever-eager publicity hounds known as the Levitis family are already trying to sell the farm on the production and turn their unscrupulous greedball hackery considerable talents towards new ventures.

Just days after Lifetime announced the switch, the Levitis clan began floating the idea of a talk show hosted by Marina and Eva on Twitter – you know, where business deals get done. Then, two days after that, Marina went a little more upscale, issuing her own press release saying she’s receiving interest from producers in developing a reality show based just around her, and also offers for her to develop a cookbook. Of course, though both, uh, announcements, claim interest, they don’t name names, which means it must be true.

Regardless that got a boatload of hilarious snark from the Russian Dolls blog, which, for what I thought was a fan site, had some pretty harsh condemnation of Marina:

[Marina] better find herself a production company and publisher and finance it herself. No one in their right mind is going to invest money in her with that abrasive personality and high pitched voice…

… In her press release, Marina makes sure to do plenty of name dropping as though it is going to impress us that she has a Hermes bag or a be diamonded watch. Who cares? Her full bodied figure is far from flattering when she insists on wearing tight fitting clothing. Even the greatest designer in the world cannot make her look stunningly beautiful, as she appears in her own mind’s eye.

… This whole press release is the biggest joke of all that has come out of Russian Dolls.

It really is worth a laugh.

So, with the Levitises clawing to their 15 seconds of fame, should we start the countdown to the last resort of the desperate media-whore? When all else fails, sex tape. But we really don’t want to see that.

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  • Itstimetoboogy

    Screw that show, its not worth the time.

  • Itstimetoboogy

    Screw that show, its not worth the time.

  • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

    Six seasons and a movie! /Sarcasm

    This show should have been cancelled long ago. Actually, any money made from the commercials during the show’s run should be invested into a fund for psychiatric care for people who watch the show, since they are clearly in desperate need of it.

  • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

    Six seasons and a movie! /Sarcasm

    This show should have been cancelled long ago. Actually, any money made from the commercials during the show’s run should be invested into a fund for psychiatric care for people who watch the show, since they are clearly in desperate need of it.

  • Guest

    According to Eddie Z facebook page another network is looking to pick them up

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1777099901 Nina Meditz

      According to Eddie Zee he is also “poet,” also according to Eddie Zee he applied for a role in “Real World.”  Eddie keeps posting hoping something will “stick,” but I don’t see it happening.

  • Boris

    It’s effectively canceled. The fact they haven’t told the producers yet doesn’t mean anything. Plenty of shows get canceled and still have the last eps air on some platform. The network is probably obligated to air the remaining eps or maybe they’re trying to cut their losses by burning them off in a horrible timeslot that would normally have even shittier ratings. Almost all of these lower-tier spinoff cable channels fill their programming schedules with leftover crap from the main network. If some sister subchannel of MTV started running Undergrads again, would that mean that that show still has a chance?

    Hmm…speaking of Undergrads, if Ned was a cartoon, I think he’d look like Nitz.

  • nauticalstar

    Oh crap, what to do! What the heck am I gonna watch now??

    • Kon

      Dexter
      House
      Battlestar Galactica
      Game of Thrones
      Doctor Who
      Psych
      Buffy the Vampire Slayer
      Angel
      True Blood
      Vampire Diaries
      Big Bang Theory
      How I Met Your Mother
      Arrested Development
      Firefly
      Star Trek 
      Star Trek The Next Generation
      Star Trek Deep Space Nine
      Babylon 5
      Star Trek Voyager (If your desperate)
      Farscape
      Torchwood
      Battlestar Galactica
      The Office
      Battlestar Galactica
      Battlestar Galactica (Original)
      Sliders
      The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
      LOST seasons 1 – 4. 
      24
      Twin Peaks
      Gundam 0079
      Gundam Zeta
      Gundam Double Zeta
      Gundam X
      V Gundam
      G Gundam 
      Gundam Wing
      ∀ Gundam
      Gundam Seed
      Gundam Seed Destiny
      Battlestar Galactica
      Gundam 00 
      Gundam 00 s2
      Caprica
      Damages
      It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
      Merlin 
      Californication
      Weeds
      Covert Affairs
      White Collar
      Suits
      Battlestar Galactica
      Rescue Me
      Smallville
      Madman
      The Walking Dead
      Stargate SG-1
      Stargate Atlantis
      Stargate Universe
      BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
      South Park
      Futurama
      Wonder Years
      Sons of Anarchy
      Justified 
      Archer
      Wilfred
      Community
      Porn
      BATTLESTAR GALACTICA!

      Tl’dr: Watch Battlestar Galactica

      Yes. I am aware you were being sarcastic. But I felt like making a list. DEAL WITH IT.

      • tinman

        Get a life, bro!

      • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

        Jeez… Sliders FTW.

        • Kon

          One of the most underrated TV shows of the 90s that turned to shit when Gimli left.

      • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

        You forgot the New Thundercats..

      • Anonymous

        Personally I like sliders. Great Great stuff! LOVE IT!!! 

      • Anonymous

        you should add Bones to that list….

        :D

        • Kon

          Woops. I forgot about that one. And it comes back this or next week.: 

  • tinman

    Another show that dumbed down American culture bites the dust. What a cryin’ shame!

    Let’s hope Playboy does a “Babes from Brighton Beach” issue or we soon see a video, “Brighton Beach Babes Gone Wild!” They’d surely get a rise out of some guys–and gals, too.

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

      I like the new show “Revenge”….

    • deez

      to see dat russian chicks who eat too much kalbasa

  • mara

    Did they think they would be Jersey Housewife’s not. Hahahahahaha

  • Ssbc13

    You sent the above information about the last 5 episodes of Russian Dolls being broadcast this morning too late.  Therefore, I missed them.  Can you find out when they will be broadcast again?  If you could get Lifetime Channel’s phone number that would be great. (It’s not available through usual means.)  I will really miss Russian Dolls…   Basia

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1777099901 Nina Meditz

    Thanks for quoting my blog (me) regarding the press release.  The blog began on a positive note, trying to give the show a chance to live up to all its hype.  However, over the course of the first few shows, it proved NOT to live up to what was promised. It is not the second coming of Jersey Shore, it is not like the Housewives franchise, it is based on very little reality.  The writing is horrendous, the storylines ridiculous!  Therefore, I am “snarky” in quite a few of the blogs that were written after the show aired.  I believe in writing the truth, as I see it.  I blogged the last 4 shows yesterday and there was plenty I didn’t like.  I’m glad you got a laugh out of the blog and enjoyed it. Anyone else want to check it out: http://russiandollslifetime.blogspot.com/   You might get a laugh too!

    • Barkingspider7

      Please change the colors in your blog site.  I really want to read it, but it’s burning my eyeballs out of my head!

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

    lol good one Ned

  • Anonymous

    it’s Sad for the people who have to work with them in that office in Manhattan.

  • Mc1100tc

    Great show, lots of fun and it’s local. It’s nice to see a reality show with people, other than Italians, displaying dysfunction. Spray-on tans, excessive boozing, catfights used to be monopolized by The Situation, Pauly and Snooki but I welcome our comrades into the mix, takes the heat off us. Although unlike the “plastic enhanced Jersey Shore, Jerselicious, RH of NJ women our local Russian Doll women seem all natural. One thing Russian and Italian women do have in common is they come in two flavors- desperate or arrogant. Keep the show, it’s our only salvation, Ciao.

    • Barkingspider7

      I thought that this program was going to be real crap, but as it turns out, I have enjoyed it.  I like that it takes us into places that we wouldn’t think of going into as a non-russian, eg. the banya, Rasputin, the deli’s (exotic foods), etc. 

      • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

        Why wouldn’t you visit an Eastern European deli? I’m not Russian, but these days I find myself in a lot of Russian establishments – especially when it comes to food. I’ve been into a banya, too – but didn’t really banya it up. Just walked in, checked out the place, and walked out. 

        You really should consider checking these places out, whether it’s restaurants, grocery stores, religious centers or other businesses. They’re your neighbors, as are the Asians, Muslims, Orthodox, etc, and being curious is the first step to understanding them and getting along with them.

        • Barkingspider7

          I didn’t say this to be arrogant or ignorant, I am a person who is not one to try certain cuisines.  We used to have a russian restaurant right by my house, but the smell of garlic and I guess certain spices was nauseating (PS - I LOVE garlic, but they did overkill!).  I wish I was adventurous.  My brother eats all these ethnic and unusal foods – kangaroo, alligator, raw stuff – all these things, unfortunately don’t interest me.  I didn’t know that you could just walk into and through the banya – it could be very interesting.  I am not one to shy away from people of other cultures.  I happen to like alot of people of different backgrounds and religions, and have learned alot about and from them.  I would love to go to check out a club like Rasputin, but it is so expensive.  I guess they don’t want the Riff Raff like me!

  • Gene

    nah nah nah hey hey goodbye

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OP2HAXLMYDS3VH3JXXBUE336AA soi

    this show was a train wreck…the girls were shallow and so full of sh#t