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Ryan Seacrest & Andy Cohen Go Persian with “Shahs of Sunset”

by Ilana Angel

July 21, 2011 | 9:08 am

Andy Cohen & Ryan Seacrest

Just when you think Ryan Seacrest cannot possibly get another job, he’s gone and taken on another one.  Seacrest is teaming up with reality television genius Andy Cohen, from Bravo, to bring us “Shahs of Sunset”. They are saying it is modeled after “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, but I’m thinking not so much.

I’m guessing it will be more like “Jersey Shore” meets “The Real Housewives”.  Cohen and Seacrest should hope I’m right because the Kardashian family, while hugely popular, is also insanely boring and predictable.  The “Shahs” will be to the Persian community what Jersey Shore is for Italian Americans.

According to Ryan Seacrest Productions, “Shahs of Sunset will follow a group of young Persian-American friends who juggle living and working in Los Angeles while balancing the demands of their families and traditions. The series will showcase the group’s luxurious lifestyles from over-the-top shopping sprees to traditional yet lavish family feasts in their sprawling homes. Unafraid to flaunt their designer clothing, tricked-out cars and boisterous personalities, spending money is no foreign concept to these young socialites but also treasure the value of family and Persian traditions.”

This show will be fabulous.  I just know it.  We will get sucked into the lives of these people, they will forever be stereotyped as something they may not truly be, and it will be yet another series of train wrecks, which from the perspective of a reality television fan, is brilliant, and something I am looking forward to blogging about.

There will be missed opportunities to show how special this community is.  I have many Persian friends here in LA and it’s an amazing group of people and culture.  There is a passion and sense of family that is special, but I’m thinking we are not going to see too much of that.  It’s going to be about excesses, riches, sex, and breaking all the rules.

They will be shown in some unflattering light, which I guess is the goal of reality television as a whole.  I love Andy Cohen and Ryan, so together they will bring us some magic, of that we can be certain.  Important to note that “magic” however, can mean a lot of different things.  The test will be to see if “Shah’s of Sunset” will keep it real.

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