TV: New reality series seeking teens who just want to have fun
NEW YORK -- A television producer is seeking teenagers as young as 13 who like to make their own rules and "party like a rock star" to participate in a reality television series about their lives.
A Los Angeles-based casting company, Metal Flowers Media, placed a notice about the series "My Teen Life" in Backstage, a publication widely followed by entertainment professionals for job leads.
"Parents, teachers and the haters are always in your business, but it’s your life and you live it how you want to," the Backstage ad said. "If you’re a modern-day teenage rebel with a hardcore lifestyle, we want to hear your story."
Kristi Russell, president of Metal Flowers Media, said she is contractually not allowed to divulge details about "My Teen Life." But, she said, "I can say with a deeply ardent conviction and with 100 percent confidence that this series does not intend to exploit troubled teens, nor glamorize their lifestyle. In fact, the intent is quite the opposite."
Russell would not say who is producing the series, or what network is interested in buying it.
There is no such series in the works at Shed Media US, which produces "The Real Housewives of New York City," said Jon Marcus, the company’s senior vice president of development.
Meanwhile, the CMT network has announced that it would premiere a series called "My Dysfunctional Family" on July 5. It features a man, Dave Vitalli, described as a "self-styled commando family fixer" who helps troubled teens and their families deal with issues like addiction and abandonment. The series is produced by Shed Media U.S.
It’s not clear whether "My Dysfunctional Family" is actually the series advertised as "My Teen Life."
Shed has produced a range of unscripted series including "Holly-
wood Exes" and "Basketball Wives" on VH1, "SuperNanny" on ABC and "Bethenny Ever After" on Bravo. Similarly, the Metal Flowers Media website lists more than 100 programs that it has helped find participants for.
Bravo said it hasn’t commissioned "My Teen Life" or any series like it.
"I think parents will be incensed at this kind of thing," said Stanley Goldstein, a psychologist from Middletown, New York, and author of "Troubled Children/Troubled Parents: The Way Out."