Are we really that snazzy, silly? Hollywood shows us how we appear
Three video cameras rolled as a group of conspicuously attractive young men and women wearing Black Dog employee tee-shirts walked down the Coastwise Wharf Company dock in Vineyard Haven.
The young people were part of a cast chosen from among hundreds who responded to ads seeking "year-round locals of the Vineyard, returning summer revelers, and first-time visitors between the ages of 19 and 28," for the proposed reality television series, "The Vineyard," a working title.
The Los Angeles based production company 25/7 Productions, which also created NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and TLC's "A Model Life," filmed at various Island locations last weekend. The company will use the footage to create a short pilot to present to CW Television Network.
If executives approve the episode, the cast and crew will return in late July to shoot eight one-hour episodes over a five- to six-week period, according to David Broome, executive producer of "The Vineyard."
A casting website describes the show as a "groundbreaking docu-soap" that will combine elements of reality TV and narrative drama in a style similar to MTV's "The Hills."
"For us, it's about trying to play Martha's Vineyard for real," Mr. Broome told a reporter as he stood in front of the Black Dog Tavern Friday.
"You're 20 something years old," Mr. Broome explained, summarizing the series, "about to get out of college, and you're coming to Martha's Vineyard. You're trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life and you come here to have fun and make some money. That's what this series is about. Who hooks up with who, and who becomes friends with who and who doesn't."
A news report on February 19, that Hollywood was returning to Martha's Vineyard - at the mvtimes.com archives, link to "Martha's Vineyard docu-soap planned" - generated considerable online comment in The Martha's Vineyard Times. Many readers were concerned that the show would inaccurately portray the Vineyard.
Oak Bluffs town officials also reacted with a mix of curiosity and dismay when they received a letter in April from Hugh Camargo Jr., executive in charge of productions for 25/7 Productions. Mr. Camargo outlined the company's tentative plans for filming the series on-location during the summer.
"The Vineyard," Mr. Camargo wrote, "is an Island where the rich and poor collide, where princesses find paupers, where jealousies emerge, and where old summer rivalries invariably flare up. It's is a world of glitz, glamour, sailing, and crab cakes, where the only guarantee is the meshing of all different sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds looking to let loose and have a little fun - which is usually a great recipe for drama."