Reality TV programs seeking 'country Kardashians,' 'manly men in girly worlds' in Lowcountry

sbowman@islandpacket.comJuly 24, 2013 

The Lowcountry could be back in the reality TV spotlight.

Al Roker Entertainment is coming to the area to cast for two new reality shows to air on a major U.S. network -- the name of which cannot be released, according to Roker's company.

The production company seeks "southern sisters like the country Kardashians" and "manly men in girly worlds," said Emma Kreienberg, a casting and development intern at Al Roker Entertainment.

"I think these shows will have an air of familiarity," Kreienberg said. "But ultimately, they are something new and will show a group of people or a world or a way of life that people normally wouldn't be able to see."

The company hopes to find sisters that run a business together, rule the town's nightlife or share an obsession, Kreienberg said.

For the second show, they are looking for burly, bearded men working in a woman's world, such as a hair stylists or nail artists, or men that are constantly surrounded by women.

Each show will likely follow one group of sisters or one man so viewers get to know the stars, Kreienberg said. The producers call the shows "docu-series" because they will document what is actually happening and won't make changes for television.

Al Roker Entertainment also is looking for unique, family owned-and-operated businesses for another show.

Kreienberg said casting began about two months ago, and the company is narrowing its search to small towns in 10 states in the southeastern U.S.

"What's good about the U.S. is that each region has its own flavor to it," Kreienberg said. "I think the South's is fun and has got a little bit of sass to it. I like the southern bite; it can be sweet and welcoming, but you don't want to mess with some of these people, and I like that."

She said casting producers have seen good candidates, but still encourage anyone "born for reality TV" to apply. There is no scheduled end date for casting, but the company is looking start filming soon since new shows typically begin production at this time of year.

An air date and number of episodes have yet to be determined, Kreienberg said. There is the potential for this show not to come to fruition, but Kreienberg said the company is creating these shows with a specific network in mind so that possibility is unlikely.

Those interested are asked to send photos, information about themselves and a phone number to casting@alroker.com.

It's not the first time Lowcountry residents could appear on reality TV. BBC Worldwide Productions filmed in Yemassee for the show "The Week the Women Went," which aired on Lifetime in 2012. Beaufort Liquidation is slated to be in an upcoming A&E show, and an episode of "Extreme Makeover: House Edition," was shot in 2011.

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