Lifetime formally orders new 'Hills'-like 'Blonde Charity Mafia' series
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/21/2008
Lifetime has formally announced it's ordered Blonde Charity Mafia, a new The Hills-like reality series that will follow three young female socialites living in Washington, D.C..
Production on the previously reported six-episode series is scheduled to commence in September on location in the nation's capital.
Blonde Charity Mafia will star Katherine Kennedy and Krista Johnson, two Lifetime-described "social heavy-hitters" who are "darlings of the city's most fashionable clubs and hottest restaurants." In addition, the series will also feature the pair's friend Sophie Pyle.
Events thrown by Kennedy and Johnson are "always a hot ticket" and "their dating lives are gossiped about," according to Lifetime, which added "sometimes merely their simple daily activities are chatter within the D.C. social set."
"Katherine, Krista and Sophie are at the epicenter of Georgetown's young cultural scene," said Lifetime programming executive Jessica Samet. "This absorbing series will pull the curtain back on the fragility of friendship among the beautiful, wealthy and powerful."
While Blonde Charity Mafia's format sounds a lot like MTV's The Hills, the show's title is more similar to ABC's Cashmere Mafia drama, which followed four ambitious women living in New York City.
Cashmere Mafia premiered in January and averaged 6.13 million total viewers over its six-episode run. ABC subsequently decided against renewing it.
Blonde Charity Mafia is produced by PB&J Television, with Patty Ivins Specht and Julie Pizzi serving as executive producers.