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TV Column: Sex addicts & Virgin girls may mean beached 'Blonde Charity Mafia'
In other words -- only pretty party girls with eating disorders need apply.
The production team for this latest blot on the public weal includes executive producer Susan Zirinsky, who, since 1996, has executive-produced documentaries, entertainment specials and other programming for CBS, including "48 Hours Mystery"; and senior producer Paul Ryan, who is currently a senior producer at CBS's "48 Hours."
"We don't comment on development," a CW spokesman said Monday.
Meanwhile, whither goest the Washington do-gooder celebutantes of CW's much-ballyhooed "Blonde Charity Mafia" reality series?
Word is they may have been been out-blonded by party-girl stewardesses of Virgin America Airlines and by "Gossip Girl" cameo star/New York socialite Tinsley Mortimer. Both are the subject of their own reality series in development at the network.
CW's on-again/off-again D.C.-set "Blonde Charity Mafia" has been disappeared from CW's Web site. The network pulled a fan page that linked to the chicks' Facebook page, according to Blonde Charity Capo Katherine Kennedy.
"They really haven't told us much. They said [the series] was still on the books to be delivered, but no date -- no specifics," Kennedy told The TV Column.
Even more ominous, Kennedy says she's been told by the series's producers and by CW that she is free to search for other TV project options.
Sources say the show's fate hinges on the network's reaction to two other reality series it ordered after it bought "Blonde Charity Mafia" when Lifetime decided to take a powder on the show back in late 2008. Those two series are "Fly Girls," about flight attendants who work for "uber-hip" Virgin America, and the as-yet-unnamed Mortimer series, which we've given the working title "I'm Tinsley Mortimer and You're Not."
When CW picked up the orphaned "Blonde Charity Mafia" in the spring, it originally said the six half-hour episodes would air over five weeks in July.
But the network then yanked it off the schedule -- ostensibly because CW programming chief Dawn Ostroff liked the episodes so much that she felt they deserved not to die the sad death that is the fate of any reality series debuting on CW in the summer.
Instead, CW wanted to wait and hold this gem until the fourth quarter, when networks trot out all their best programs.
This argument, however, lost considerable credibility as the fourth quarter draws to a close minus "Blonde Charity Mafia," all traces of which seem to have vanished from the network's Web site.
According to one source who wished to remain anonymous because he doesn't want anyone to know he pays that much attention to "Blonde Charity Mafia," the network originally jumped at the chance to snare this reality series when Lifetime bailed, then along came the other two shows and they looked so much more interesting and attractive. Like dating -- in high school.
The Mortimer project and "Fly Girls" have each been given an eight-episode order.
"I'm Tinsley Mortimer and You're Not" follows Mortimer, who reportedly is embroiled in a high-profile divorce, as she hits the New York social scene. She's important because she's a blonde -- and the daughter of real estate mogul George Riley Mercer Jr. and interior designer Dale Mercer -- and she has created a line of handbags, according to Variety.
"Fly Girls" will follow five Virgin America flight attendants as they jet to Las Vegas, New York and South Beach in pursuit of "good times, great parties, adventures and love," CW said in announcing the project.