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Producer Touts ‘Princesses’ As “Modern Coming-Of-Age Story”: NBC Press Day

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 11:30am PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

NBC kicked off its Summer Press Day this morning in Pasadena with a panel hyping the forthcoming 10-episode Bravo reality show Princesses: Long Island. It centers on the lives of six college-educated women of privilege living with their upscale parents in Long Island. From the look of a brief clip that preceded the panel, it promises to be a typically catfighting excursion replete with profane interludes and nasty exchanges. However, it aspires to a more high-minded ideal, as exec producer and Bravo VP/production Christian Barcellos noted with a straight face that Princesses: Long Island follows in the same vein as “Jane Austen novels, Fiddler On The Roof, and John Hughes movies.” He explained after the panel, “What these girls are facing are timeless dilemmas, including pressures from their parents to get married, to find the right man, within the cultural constraints in which they live.” He added, “I think we’ve seen this occur time and again. This is a modern coming-of-age story.”

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Theo Von To Host TBS Hidden Camera Show ‘Deal With It’, Bravo Sets Airdate For ‘Princesses: Long Island’

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 10:16am PDT

TBS has tapped comedian Theo Von to host Deal With It, the hidden-camera show from executive producer Howie Mandel that is set to premiere July 16. In the series, based on a format created by Keshet Broadcasting and United Studios, unsuspecting members of the public will be secretly dared to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with no time to prepare, and must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby to win cash and prizes. Von appeared on Road Rules and Last Comic Standing and hosts Yahoo’s daily recap show Primetime In No Time. He also created CrankTexts.com, a website where he texts random cell numbers and gets into conversations with total strangers — a seeming fit with the premise of Deal With It. He is repped by APA, Levity Entertainment and Lev Ginsburg. Read More »

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