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Trump's Tramps: Chicks in the Fox House
Shaq, Coelen explained, cares passionately about the issue of childhood obesity.
The Donald cares passionately about girls gone wild?
The Donald, Coelen explained, became the poster child for giving girls gone wild a second chance when, back in December, he held a news conference to announce he would not sack the then-Miss USA, Tara Conner, for underage hard-partying at New York clubs if she entered rehab and underwent drug testing. Trump owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC.
"That kind of experience and that kind of interest and passion make him the perfect guy," Coelen said.
"He's been through it. . . . He's a guy who, like it or not, stood up and said, 'This is screwed up and we've got to do something about it.' "
"I never thought of it," Trump told The TV Column when asked about the connection between the Conner incident and his involvement with "Tramp."
"That was a great transformation. Hopefully she'll stay that way -- call me in two years. She's a wonderful girl," he said.
Girls gone wild is an issue whose time has come, Coelen said, citing the February Newsweek cover about The Girls Gone Wild Effect, which featured a picture of Paris Hilton (now in jail) with her arm around the shoulder of newly single Britney Spears (now in training for her lip-syncing comeback, after recently getting out of rehab).
"It's rampant in our culture . . . girls coming out of cars with no underwear, and shaving their heads, and in rehab one day and the next day at the club," Coelen said passionately, but not like you're thinking.
Already Trump and crew have put out a casting call, seeking women between 18 and 30 who "love to party and are full of attitude."
The premise of the show, the casting call explains, is to take these "rude and crude" party girls who don't care what others think about them and, with proper etiquette training, turn them into "modern-day princesses."
Among the life lessons they will learn in the series:
Grinding is not dancing.
You could chug Bordeaux, but why?
But this isn't just another exploitation of girls-gone-wild, Coelen insisted.
The U.K. version's "redemptive" story arcs will be part of this version, too, he said. Ditto the "real feeling of personal triumph."
"You accomplish something -- as much as people love the party scene, there is also something very empty about it. As fun and crazy as it is, there's also a loneliness about it."
"I love the concept," Trump told The TV Column.
"It's in a way very entertaining, but it's very educational, because a lot of young women are going to learn from it, just like Tara Conner. I got literally thousands of letters from people thanking me for the Tara Conner thing -- not only people her age, but older. . . . I think this can be highly educational, in terms of young women that are going wild -- Paris and Lindsay . . . there are thousands of young women like that, who destroy their lives before they get a chance."
Trump, who had some issues with NBC's casting of the contestants on his other reality series, "The Apprentice," until he got involved, tells us he plans to be very involved in casting "Tramp."
Yes, they'll look at women who respond to the casting call, he says, but "to be honest, the best casting will be by going into the various clubs and picking them out. That's when you really see somebody in terms of what we're doing.
"It's hard to cast someone when they're in a [casting] line," he explained. But hit the clubs at night, "you can pick a whole room of them."
"Unfortunately, who knows that scene better than I do?" Trump said philosophically, adding, "Somebody's got to do it."