BRIGHTON BEACH, NY (WPIX)—A casting company in Brighton Beach is looking for the Russian version of Snooki and The Situation for a new Lifetime series, and the protests have already begun.
A coalition of politicians, activists and community groups are sending a steady stream of mail to Lifetime Networks in hopes of stopping the new show.
"It's a multi-generational women's story about life in the community," Lifetime Spokesperson Michael Feeney told the New York Times, "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."
However, the casting call reads a little differently: "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? ... The cameras will roll as you do what you do best-eat, drink and PARTY."
The first shoots have already happened in Brighton Beach, and residents have reported seeing the cast members in Brighton Beach restaurants and clubs.
Lifetime Networks has agreed to produce twelve episodes of the show.