D.C.'s long lost "Blonde Charity Mafia": A look back.
A moment of silence, please, for D.C.'s first great reality show that never happened.
As Lisa de Moraes reports today, the CW has basically jettisoned "Blonde Charity Mafia," nearly a year and a half after producers first starting filming a clique of pretty young Georgetown party girls, without ever airing it.
"Blonde Charity Mafia" was gonna be huge. "The Hills" of D.C.! TMZ was stalking star Katherine Kennedy even before filming began! (Well, once, anyway. Probably a local stringer, on a slow day.)
There were problems. Some party hosts didn't want to admit the camera crews, which led to producers rigging up some made-for-TV parties. (Like the "Welcome to Washington" party in February, which we're pretty sure the Obamas didn't make it to.) There was some behind-the-scenes catfighting over who had actually come up with the melodious phrase, "Blonde Charity Mafia," and whether the BCM girls deserved the honor of the name.
The show got a sort-of promotion, from Lifetime to the CW. Later, our world was rocked when we realized that producers of this hard-hitting documentary were actually feeding lines to their stars, according to a shooting script we obtained. ("Can I get you a "Dresser"?... A cocktail to drink while you get dressed. Duh.")
Guess that's how you manage to get six full episodes in just a couple weeks of shooting. (MTV's "The Real World: D.C." spent three accumulating enough footage for a season.) Highlight: The scene in which a co-star thanks Katherine for introducing her to a congressman at the "Welcome to Washington" party -- he had just given her a job! (Did she really get a job? Where there really any members of congress at the camera-filled party? Which, according to the dates on the shooting script, hadn't even happened yet? Producers didn't get back to us.)
But now, just as Blonde Charity Mafia was getting eclipsed by another D.C. reality show that has not yet aired (possible Michaele Salahi vehicle "The Real Housewives of D.C."), it looks as though the CW is scrapping BCM, as Lisa reports. (Read more there, including her interview with Katherine Kennedy.) A bad omen for the D.C. editions of "Housewives" and "Real World?" Or does it turn out that the rest of the country isn't very interested in the make-believe lives of our young society ladies?
The Reliable Source
December 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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