Poll: Should Charlestown Have It's Own 'Real Housewives?'

Southie residents are rebuffing TV producers who are trying to cast a show in their neighborhood, and we're wondering if the producers would be better off in Charlestown instead.

Southie and Charlestown have some important things in common: a strong Irish heritage, waterfront access, historic sites, and plenty of row houses.  

And, to top it off, if a TV crew has their way, Southie residents will also have one more thing in common with Townies -- the presence of crews filming in the neighborhood.

However, The Herald is reporting that recruitment for the show "Southie Pride," a "Real Housewives"-type show focusing on the dramas in the lives of Southie women, isn't going too well.  

Producer SallyAnn Salsano, founder and head of 495 Productions, the company creating the show, says in the Herald article, "We are getting a lot of people shutting doors in our faces. I can’t tell you the amount of times my staff has been told to (buzz) off since we have been there," "buzz" likely being a euphemism for a four-letter profanity.  

Her account fits with in which readers voted Southie as Boston's rudest neighborhood.  

So, Charlestown, is this production company making the right choice?  Should they stay in Southie and deal with residents' frosty receptions, or would they find a warm welcome -- and the makings of a show just as good -- in Charlestown?  Vote and let us know in the comments. 

Joseph February 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Filming of all reality shows need to stop.
Kathleen Whelan Giordano February 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Have you seen the prototype of this show? Although I find it funny, there is no way I would want the women of Charlestown depicted in this manner. #1 - we're so far removed from this sterotype and #2 - we don't need, nor deserve this type of depiction of the wonderful women who live here. I agree with Joseph - enough with reality shows!
Matt M. Casey (Editor) February 07, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I generally avoid expressing opinions when functioning in a professional capacity, but I have a hard time disagreeing with you here.
BostonMaggie February 08, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I am very happy to read that recruiting is going poorly in Southie. I hope they would have a difficult time here as well. Obviously people from South Boston have more self respect that those from the other towns/cities that have Real Housewives of whatever.
Daniel Marcella February 08, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Reality television is moronic. I am just glad my own life is not so null and void that I have to reduce myself to watching somebody else's. And oh yeah: MOST of this foolishness is likely 'staged.'
Kasey Hariman February 08, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I would love to see a Real Housewives of Charlestown, but, of course, in my version it wouldn't just be mean rich women screaming at each other, it would be actual women doing the things actual women in Charlestown do -- volunteer at Harvest on Vine, pick up the kids from hockey practice, take a class at BHCC, etc. I don't anticipate the Jersey Shore/Southie Pride producers will be calling me for advice anytime soon.
Pita February 08, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Good Lord NO. The last thing we need is to be made to look like a bunch of idiots because as we all know Reality shows are not reality.
Michelle Lewis February 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Move the show somewhere out of Boston! Do we not have enough stupidity on television already?
Caitlin Walsh February 13, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I don't think there's been too much filming so I couldn't hit that no option. But a reality tv show that just perpetuates the stereotypes? Bad Idea. Perhaps if they adjusted the focus to cover the generation that settled in after gentrification swept through... but that's more of an indie documentary than a reality tv show.
Kasey Hariman February 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yeah, I think a big sticking point is that we don't yet know what "Southie Pride" is going to be like -- whether it's going to be a more documentary-style show or just another "Real Housewives" by a different name. I think the original comparison to "Real Housewives" has been drawn because the show is focusing on casting women within a certain age range, and the production company that's bringing "Southie Pride" to TLC is the very same company that brought Jersey Shore to MTV. However, it seems like TLC doesn't usually want the same kind of things MTV wants, so possibly "Southie Pride" could be more realistic? I guess it remains to be seen.


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