'Blonde Charity Mafia,' now playing on a computer screen near you
What do you get when you cross "The Hills" with "Gossip Girl" and "Real World: D.C." -- and cancel it before it ever airs?
You get the local cult phenomenon of watching "Blonde Charity Mafia" on the Internet. Both Lifetime and CW took a pass on what was supposed to be D.C.'s first great reality-TV show -- the lives and loves of 20-something Georgetown party girls -- and it seemed destined to sink into foreign-markets obscurity ... until bootlegged copies appeared online this month.
Tommy McFly, a DJ with Mix 107.3 who linked to the episodes on his Web site, was stunned by the number of hits they got. "Whether you're friends with the girls and want to support them, or whether you want to make fun of them, you want to watch it."
Oh, it's that good? "I'm not sure it's entertaining so much as it's gripping," he told us. "It's the same reason we watch 24-hour snow coverage or Nancy Grace ... It's a train wreck!"
"BCM" features a lot of meaningful glances set to emo music, a lot of faux-drama at parties, a lot of stilted dialogue in strangely empty Georgetown eateries. (We unearthed a copy of the shooting script for the supposedly unscripted show last year.)
"Work is so hard. I hate work!" exclaims Sophie Pyle at one point. At City Tavern Club, her date announces: "It's actually the sixth-oldest building in Washington, D.C., and the second oldest in Georgetown." Then there's Krista Johnson's blind date, where the guy reveals ... that he has a crush on her sister! ("Is she still in the area?")
So was this scene totally contrived or just slightly contrived? "No, it's happened to us a couple times in our life," Johnson, 27, told us. "We're two years apart; we look very similar."
Pyle, 22, now a social-media consultant, revealed that her lobbyist father really and truly did fire her, though not exactly as the cameras captured it. "The producers thought [the reasons for the firing] were way too personal; they said, 'We'll make you look like a party girl.'" She's fine with that: "It makes my dad's company look serious ... It's a television show, at the end of the day."
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February 26, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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