Casting Call: “The Women of Rittenhouse Square”

A television production that curiously sounds like “The Real Housewives” series, is casting a show called “The Women of Rittenhouse Square” this month.

Naming Walnut Street the Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue of Philadelphia (ha!), the call from Oceanfront Media Productions goes out to “real women, living dynamic lives…who must be fun, outgoing and active in Center City.”

“The future starlets should be fashionable and self-confident,” the Web site states.

The callout says that the show is meant to “change the way Philadelphia is perceived” by allowing the viewer to “immerse in a fantastic wonderland of opulence.”

I may need to repeat that: “immerse in a fantastic wonderland of opulence.” Did I mention this is a reality television show? This may be the final proof you need to know that there is nothing “real” in reality television.

Don’t get me wrong, if you’re going to pick the ritziest area of Philadelphia, not counting the Main Line, it would be Rittenhouse Square. But if you want the “real” women of Rittenhouse, you’ve got to include not only the wealthy housewives, but also the buskers in the park, the college students in the studio apartments, the senile woman in the Chanel suit with the bad wig and the smeared red lipstick who sits at the bus stop, and the baristas who spend their tips at Doobies and Oscar’s.

One of the interesting, and maybe most endearing, aspects of Philadelphia is that there is no place in the city that is too exclusive. There is no Park Avenue. With most of the old mansions in Rittenhouse broken up into apartments, there seems to be an equal amount of well-to-do women, as there hard-working ladies.

All you have to do is take a walk in Rittenhouse Square on a Sunday to see that every income level is present.

The show is not part of the “Real Housewives” series, nor do they have a contract with the Bravo Network, says PR Director of Oceanfront Media Productions Stacy Catrell.

The company is looking for a group of four to seven women who are friends, relatives or neighbors. Their families and significant others must be willing to also be on television.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 28.

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