TLC announced yesterday it will air “Southie Pride” an unscripted series starring five local women and their families this fall.
According to a TLC press release: “The people and streets, and accents, of South Boston — or, Southie — have been the backdrop of hit movies and the focus of best-selling books, and now you’ll meet the city’s real-life characters as they celebrate their friendships, battle their rivals, and raise their children.” 495 Productions, those responsible for MTV’s Jersey Shore, will cast and produce the eight-episode season.
Casting hasn’t been so easy.
After numerous casting calls, 495 Productions is still searching for it’s Southie stars. Maybe it’s a combination of Southie residents not interested in being a reality star and the fact that who 495 Productions is looking for (think Real Housewives of South Boston) doesn’t really exist anymore.
The idea of a Southie reality show has most residents a little stand off-ish and less than thrilled with the possibility of less than positive portrayal of South Boston women . “I wish they would just leave us alone. I don’t want to see South Boston women edited to look trashy or stupid,” says one South Boston resident.
Casting is still open. Those interested can contact the production team via email, southiepride@ 495productions.com.