Brighton Beach: The next Jersey Shore?

Lifetime has announced that it will be airing a new show called Brighton Beach, according to an article in The Observer. There are so many things to be said about this, we don’t even know where to begin.

First of all, Lifetime? Really? The people who brought us movies like She’s Too Young? Although I guess with their semi-recent taking over of Project Runway in some attempt to revamp their image(?) this kind of makes sense.

You might be asking yourself, why Brighton Beach? Or maybe even, wtf is Brighton beach? Well, Brighton Beach is the neighborhood in Brooklyn where the famous Coney Island resides. There is also a large Russian population in Brighton Beach, which is, in part, one of the ways the show will differentiate itself from Jersey Shore, according to the article in The Observer. In fact, according to the article, that seems to be one of the basic premises: “The show, Brighton Beach, will place a group of strangers in a house on Coney Island, and promises to differentiate itself from Shore by focusing on the foibles unique to the Russian community, according to producer Elina Miller.”  

Okay, so Brighton Beach is an interesting neighborhood with a large Russian population by the historic Coney Island. But how is this supposed to make good television? Fear not, the article quotes producer Elina Miller as saying, “”There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars.”” Excellent. This show sounds completely hilarious, although potentially in all the wrong ways.

Even better, the article explains that “unlike the semi-youthful faces seen on Jersey Shore, Brighton Beach will have a “multigenerational cast that better reflects Lifetime’s audience.” Wait a second, not to get touchy and defensive of Jersey Shore, but Jersey Shore totally has a multigenerational cast! Isn’t ‘The Situation,’ like, 30? This only leads us to wonder how “multigenerational” we’re talking. Also, what is Lifetime’s audience, exactly? Not so sure how Jersey Shore gone Brighton Beach fits into the Lifetime audience, but maybe we’re just confused about what that is.

Regardless, we sincerely look forward to seeing how Brighton Beach plays out.

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