WE tv orders 'Little Miss Perfect' girls beauty pageant reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 08/04/2008
WE tv apparently plans to give viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at beauty pageants for little girls.
The network has ordered Little Miss Perfect, a new docu-reality series that will follow Florida families who enter their 5- to 11-year-old daughters in a beauty competition, The Hollywood Reporterreported Monday.
"There's a real fascination with these beauty pageants," WE tv programming executive Steve Cheskin told The Reporter. "In parts of the South, it's taken very seriously, and in other parts of the country they're looked at with near-disbelief."
The show's moniker is similar to Little Miss Sunshine, a 2006 Oscar-winning film that followed a fractured family as they attempted to get their young daughter to a children's beauty pageant.
While the film offered social commentary on pageants for young girls, Little Miss Perfect's NorthSouth production company does not want the show to pass judgement on pageants.
"We're taking an approach that's completely neutral," executive producer Charlie DeBevoise told The Reporter. "I'm inspired by Sundance's Nimrod Nation; I loved the way it showed its subject in a respectful and objective way and let the audience decide how to feel about it."
NorthSouth's other reality credentials include Speed Channel's Wrecked: Life in the Crash Lane and Discovery Channel's upcoming One Way Out, which is about different escape artists.
"We've really set out to do a wide variety of genres -- but all shows with really great characters," DeBevoise, who is also NorthSouth's co-owner, told The Reporter.
"Those are the types of stories we're attracted to, and then we wrap them in the packaging that's right for them, whether it's a hosted format, a docusoap or an elimination competition."
WE tv ordered six one-hour episodes of Little Miss Perfect, which is currently slated to debut early next year.