Lifetime will air Brighton Beach, pitched as a show with “hot, decked-out Russian girls”

Lifetime will air Brighton Beach, a series originally conceived as a Jersey Shore featuring Russian-Americans, although the version Lifetime picked up includes a cast of varying ages.

The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “about a group of Russian-Americans living on Coney Island in Brooklyn” and “will have a multigenerational cast that better reflects Lifetime’s audience. The show will chronicle several colorful families, with the show’s action centered on a popular local nightclub.”

The show has clearly changed since last spring, when it was cast. The casting notice said producers wanted “a group of Russian-American strangers living together in a house on the shores of Brighton Beach for a summer. The cameras will roll as you do what you do best — eat, drink and PARTY.”

And producer Elina Miller told the New York Post, “We are big fans of ‘Jersey Shore,’ but the Russian community has its own set of characters which we think could be even more interesting. There will be plenty of vodka, techno music and guys wearing Adidas pants, leather jackets and gold chains, and driving souped-up cars. There will also be a lot of hot, decked-out Russian girls.”

Lifetime orders Russian-American ‘Brighton Beach’ while MTV plots ‘Jersey Shore’ spinoffs [Hollywood Reporter]

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