Sunday, July 31, 2011

Russian Dolls: Shahs Of Sunset, New Show In Works

Even before the Russians hit the ground running in Russian Dolls, Bravo is ready to throw caution to the wind! They are working on a new show called, Shahs of Sunset, about Iranian-Americans in Los Angeles. Bravo’s Andy Cohen is working together with Ryan Seacrest, of American Idol, who is using his production company to get the show on the airwaves. LA has the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran, about 800,000, so it seemed like the next logical step?

The show will focus on a group of young, rich Persian friends that who grew up together, shop on Rodeo Drive, dine with family, and try to balance their careers with their social engagements. They plan to have a mix of ethnic values and traditions along with the LA culture and lifestyle. The show will no doubt be stereotypical, and fall in line right behind Jersey Shore and Russian Dolls. There are no details as to when the show might debut.

Of course, for now, Shahs of Sunset, is a working title. Let’s hope that Bravo doesn’t make the same mistake as Lifetime. Lifetime’s working title, Brighton Beach, was much better than Russian Dolls, which is very offensive.

(For those who may not be aware, Iran was formerly called Persia, and so the article alternate between referring to the ethnic group as Iranian-American and Persian-American.)

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