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Live in Washington? Want to be on reality TV?

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For Immediate Release:

“Are you and your friends proof that DC is the hip, hot place to be right now? If you hit The Hill hard during the day and the bars harder at night -- we want to talk to you.

From the Emmy award-winning producers of Project Runway and Top Chef comes a new documentary series about the chic up and comers in our nation’s capital.

If you are a Washington, D.C., society insider, recent college graduate or future political powerhouse, please e-mail us You must be 21 or over and currently live in D.C. or be planning to move there in the next couple of months.”

I'm all of those things, or at least my mom thinks so. I bet Magical Elves would love to film me and my friends talking about health-care reform and the structural deficiencies of the American governance system long into the night ...

By Ezra Klein  |  October 29, 2009; 11:45 AM ET
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what a terrible idea - why would anyone working on the hill want to jeopardize their career with a potentially embarrassing appearance on a reality show?

Posted by: akristof | October 29, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm satisfied to see just about any particular person who is reasonably thoughtful on TV about...twice in a year. That's enough for my tastes. Take David Brooks. He's about as interesting as any talking head. Perhaps the best lately. I'd tolerate listening to Brooks more than others, perhaps three times/year. If Brooks is on more often, like the weekly review type of thing, I'd be satisfied with 1 minutes of Brooks/week. It's not that people aren't interesting. It's that 20 people are not more interesting than 500.

Posted by: HalHorvath | October 29, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

You have to give these people at Bravo credit at least for recognizing that spoiled rich geeks at private school, or mop-haired boys flipping real estate may be the last two TV shows any sane person in this country wants to see right now.

Posted by: zeppelin003 | October 29, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Just want DC's staffers need: another reason to think the rest of us are in their way...

Posted by: SWdriftwood | October 29, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

to akristof- I don't think a reality show is the political career limiter you think it is. I see two possibilities out of this- First off, Americans are more tolerant of their politicians when those politicians are celebrities. If this show facilitates an aspiring politician to make the leap to "celbrity", then he will likely be forgiven indiscretions that would otherwise be career limiting. Secondly- a lot of the extreme members of either party are already caricatures. Wouldn't Michelle Bachmann be right at home in the Surreal Life house? And it hasn't hurt her career- it's most definitely helped. Picture this scenario- young, attractive wingnut gets cast on the show, demonstrates intense partisan attitude (likely good for ratings), then runs for Congress from his/her home district.

Posted by: Quant | October 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Why don't these reality show producers realize that no one with real political/government aspirations would ever agree to put their life on TV? Remember all of the Hill staffers who lost their jobs after a Vanity Fair reporter related what they said at a happy hour? No one wants politicians or their staff to be human. Seriously. Imagine if they get footage of a Hill staffer making-out at the end of a date in her off hours...some blog or TV show will be sure to point to the footage and suggest that this staffer can't really be all that concerned about health reform and all of the millions of Americans living without insurance if she can find time to enjoy a kiss after work. Or worse yet, they'll accuse the staffer of using more than her mind to advance her boss's agenda. No one -- who genuinely wants a career in this town -- would agree to putting their life on camera like that. Sure, if you're looking for a ticket out of this town like the Washingtonienne and have no problem trashing DC and public service to make a name for yourself... But I guess that's why the shows about this place never really show what this town is like.

Posted by: JH11 | October 29, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This sounds dumb. However, if they had done a reality show about the flophouse when you guys were all together, then I almost certainly would've given a few episodes a chance.

Posted by: shanehuang | October 30, 2009 7:05 AM | Report abuse

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