Trump’s new MTV series Pageant Place follows Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA

Donald Trump’s post-Apprentice plans include not just one but two reality series. He’ll produce Pageant Place for MTV, which Variety reports “will see Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA living in the same New York apartment.”

During the first season, Tara Conner will be “a kind of den mother and chaperone to the women,” and the half-hour show “will follow the women — current Miss Universe Riyo Mori, Miss USA Rachel Smith and Miss Teen USA Katie Blair — as they model, make appearances on behalf of various causes and embark on international trips,” according to Variety. While no one will be eliminated, the new winners of the pageants will enter the house, and the old title-holder will leave.

In announcing the series, Trump tries to reignite his feud with Rosie O’Donnell, and says he’s giving “Tara a second chance.” He said, “We’d been thinking about everything that happens backstage and how women like Tara captured the imagination of so many of us, including a slob named Rosie O’Donnell, who didn’t like that I gave Tara a second chance. And we thought, Wouldn’t it be great if we let the cameras roll?”

The three winners “always live in the same Gotham apartment during their yearlong reign, as they attend to their functions as pageant winners; this year they will live in front of cameras,” Variety reports, and MTV’s Tony DiSanto says that makes the show more real. “What’s great is that we’re not bringing them together — we’re tapping into a real situation,” he said.

Eight episodes will begin “production this summer and will be on MTV by the end of the year,” Variety says.

Trump, MTV pact on ‘Pageant Place’ [Variety]

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