Blood, Sweat and . . . the Hill? The Reliable Source has learned that Leftfield Pictures, the same Manhattan-based production company behind Bravo’s latest hit, “Blood, Sweat and Heels,” is sniffing around the District for what sounds like a capital-based variation of the series.
Late last week, an e-mail went out to potential candidates for the untitled “docu-series,” which is still in the early stages of development.
According to the casting call, “The series will document the lives of the most fabulous AND ambitious women in one of the most exciting cities in the country” — that would be Washington. The show hopes to highlight “truly fascinating women who have TV-worthy personalities and a lot of ambition.” There’s that buzz word again. Ambition inside the Beltway? No problem. But TV-worthy, TV-ready or, better yet, TV-approved? Maybe not.
“There are a lot of off-the-record and back-room conversations happening in D.C. and a lot of that stuff just can’t be on camera” explained Demetria Lucas, a native of Prince George’s County and one of the breakout stars of “Blood, Sweat & Heels,” which just wrapped its first season Sunday and, in true Bravo fashion, will televise its reunion show one week later.
Washington has a notoriously bad track record with reality shows. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of D.C.” was canceled after only one season, a first for the franchise. Adding to the headstones in Washington’s unscripted graveyard are shows such as the CW’s “Blonde Charity Mafia” and Rob Lowe’s “Potomac Fever.”
Lucas was unfazed. “There are tons of really qualified and colorful women in the city. I would love to see a D.C. show that really focuses on professional lives.”
We managed to track down one such woman, a young professional whom Leftfield Pictures interviewed as a potential candidate for the show.
“They’re looking for people who are the real deal, who are making it,” she said. According to our ambitious go-getter, who asked not to be identified because she was not authorized to talk about the show, Leftfield plans to have 8 to 10 Washington women cast by April, which means the show could go into production as early as this summer.
After a 45-minute Skype interview and the very real possibility of a second and third round of casting, our source was still skeptical.
“I don’t know if [the show] would enhance me in a positive way,” she said. “They really touch on your personal life, and I’m such a professional.”
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