July 27, 2011

Russian Dolls: Brighton Beach's Very Own 'Jersey Shore'

Brooklyn's Russian community plans to prove they can party just as hard, tan just as well, and drink just as much as Snooki and The Situation. 

Brighton Beach, home to New York's largest Russian community, will be the center of a new reality show, being pegged the Jersey Shore of NYC.

Fittingly, the title of the Lifetime reality series is Russian Dolls, a name that has been used in association with prostitution ring.

During the course of the 12-episode series we will follow 10 men and women from Brighton Beach, including Anna, a 22-year-old aspiring model who owns her own modeling school and Marina and Michael Levits, owner of a popular nightclub and linked to an alleged corruption scheme involving State Senator Carl Kruger.

In casting for Russian Dolls, producers sent out the following notice: "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."

I guess there's a reason why they say that stereotypes are based in reality.  

But can Brighton Beach really hold its own again the Jersey Shore? It's a feud I'm willing to watch play out.

Here's a preview of Russian Dolls:

Russian Dolls premiers on Aug. 11 at 10:30 p.m. on Lifetime.

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