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What Our Readers Think: Hamptons Reality Show

A round-up of reader comments on a reality show currently being cast and expected to film in July and August.

Last week, Patch posted an article about a Manhattan production company, Elephant Eye Films, seeking 21- to 30-year-olds for a Montauk-based reality show that will be filmed in July and August. The show is being billed as "classier, smarter" than MTV's "Jersey Shore."

Patch readers had a lot to say about the show, negative and positive. The following is a round-up of what our readers had to say. Feel free to add to the conversation by posting a comment below.

Comments ranged from sarcastic:

said, "Are you a desperate kook who is insecure and wants to be exploited by a lame production company that has no original ideas? If so, join this lame operation and check your soul at the door."

said, "Marvelous."

To hyperbolic:

, "the horror....the horror..."

Some had low expectations:

wrote, "The ad seeks 20-somethings for a "Jersey Shore" type show - specifically seeking DRAMA. Keep that J-U-N-K in Jersey where it belongs. Those poor folks in Jersey would surely LOVE to get those jerky boys and girls out of their state. The producers only want "Trust Fund" babies with Deep Issues who will act a fool on camera." He added, "East Hampton should consider legislation limiting the number of days allowed for "filming" things like this. A day or two, no problem. However, when the casting call describes the show as looking for kids with "boyfriend/girlfriend problems" and/or income from "Daddy's money" - Houston, we have a problem. I pity the poor folks who live near the party house."

Others were more optimistic:

said, "Actually, there is no need to limit the amount or type of filming. As a member of East Hampton's Media Advisory Committee, I can tell you that several productions have come thru the Hamptons — even during peak season — and no one even knew they were here. Plus, the productions only bring revenue to hotels, houses and restaurants. There really is no downside."

offered, "There are even celebrities who come here to get away from it all. The question isn't what they can do. The question is how is everyone going to live with it. Every summer there are shoots and films but how much do we need? Royal Pains did a shoot at the stand last year. They were in an out and it wasn't too bad. Have you watched the Big Redneck Vacation on Saturday nights on CMT at 9:30. They were here for the month of August last summer. Didn't cause chaos. Then you look at Montauk and wonder."

Some were disheartened by the news:

, "Sad exploitation appearing classless and will tarnish the Hamptons 'magic.' Breaks my heart."

wrote, "Please, no. I left Manhattan after 30 years to get away from these brats. Make it stop!"

said, "Remember the awful ABC TV two-night special of 2002 called "The Hamptons"? They made us look like fools and they used sleazy share-houses. Beware of this documentary, don't be fooled by promises."

Elaine Jones March 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I just think that a reality show like Jersey Shores would be horrible for Montauk and for our children. I think the media committee has to be careful of this type of publicity. it could actually hurt us by families staying home and not wanting to come to Montauk.
kate mueth March 04, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Ugh.
Kristen March 04, 2012 at 04:30 AM
As a local, this is not good publicity. I agree with Mr. Gaines... That did not do us LOCALS justice!
Kristen March 04, 2012 at 04:33 AM
The people that come out here for the summer and sleep 15-20 in a house is not what we are about! All we need is a trashy show similar to the Jersey Shore to really ruin this charming place we call Home!
Jaguar-Guy March 04, 2012 at 10:13 AM
There goes the neighborhood !!!
Jaguar-Guy March 04, 2012 at 10:45 AM
You're right Elaine. It is a terrible thing to glorify. Of course College aged kids in Montauk are going to party hard, it's only natural. And, at the same time, it's only natural to be worried and skeptical if you live here. They are going to act out like mad to gain celebrity. Look at Snooki. She's parlayed her 15 minutes into millions and a new spin-off show about her baby.
paul efron March 04, 2012 at 12:47 PM
A very sad commentary on the 'fifteen minutes of fame' mentality.It certainly makes me feel great,knowing it's going to be 'classier etc..' than Jersey Shore.Perhaps,after Snooki gives birth,she can be a 'house-mother' in Montauk.Steven,Please make it STOP!!!~
Christine Martin March 04, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I've been warching the ABC series Revenge, which is supposedly taking place in the Hamptons, but somehow I don't recognize any of the places as local. Aerial shots of mansions are setups for the locations, but it seems to be filmed somewhere else. I agree that documentary was completely off track of what we are about as a community, and this proposed reality show would just be more of the same. Can it be stopped?
Frog Morton March 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
You all know that there isn't any "reality" in a reality TV show, right? It's all scripted. However, you can certainly find lots of loose fly-wheels on the East End to make a show, real or otherwise, interesting.
Elaine Jones March 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
As I said before Royal Pains did some shoots out here including at Vicki's, but they brought their own people, they did it in a few hours, and they left. A reality show is filmed 24-7 and it will be a nightmare for any people living around the filming. The town board has got to make rules for this type of filming and make rules. I don't know how but if this happens we will never be the same.
Betty March 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
We don't need another reality show - anywhere!!!.....especially in ANY Hampton's town. Nightmare traffic just for starters..... Working hard to clear up many misconceptions about the people of the Hamptons....this will set us back many years.
Lady L March 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
TV: the great wasteland. Too many far more critical issues to deal with than to watch filth on TV.
Annie Cornelia March 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
This is just more material for Saturday Night Live.
Elaine Jones March 05, 2012 at 04:25 AM
So what can be done?
MARTIN DREW March 05, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Join the cast ! Reality show requires real people..
Ralebird March 05, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Why do you feel a need to control so much of what others are doing? When they film in public places, just stay home. When they air the show, just don't watch. This can only ruin your life if you let it.
Elaine Jones March 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
If so many people had thought to do nothing East Hampton would not be as beautiful as it is.
EE Native March 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I'm a local & am planning an interviewing with the show. I'm not some trashy summer person looking to get my 15 minutes... I'm in grad school and have a $150,000 loan waiting for me when I get out. I think it's a good idea to have a local representing the "other half." Hope you guys don't plan on throwing tomatoes my way for that...
Liman March 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Local businesses will see a benefit, and that's important. But the producers want to exploit the recent cachet Montauk has gotten. Part of the drama is the juxtapositon of these well funded youthful hedonists (and it won't be classy) against the community interests of a family seaside resort. The tension we've seen regarding the Surf Lodge, etc. Is going to be part of the show. I can live without a show that will be a commercial for an accelerated decline of Montauk. Help local business, fine, but that's should not be the ultimate goal at the expense of the community. How about a nice beach house in Amagansett? The Redneck house by Three Mile Harbor?
Janet meredith March 13, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Wow...I never watched The Jersey Shore when it origionally aired...This weekend the marathon happen to be on, and watched all four seasons....lol And watching all four in one weekend, i got to know who they are, even if it's scripted....I can't stand that insecure, whinning maggot "I'm done" but never is...Sammi. Jenny and snooki are the most genuine to me on the show, Jenny more than any, Cuz Snookie can be all self absorbed...."me" "me" "me" sometimes, and Jenny is always there for her. Deena, God bless her, but she took the pepsi challenge, and chose Jif....Michael, oh my god, busy body, can't stay out of people's business, and he's such a hyprocrite. Ronnie the most gunuine of the males, I don't blame him for anything he's done on the show, Sammi will drive you to it. Vinny over all a good guy, completely clueless to what he wants in life, and is the follower, and shouldn't give Snookie mixed feelings. Pauly D Absolutely a good person, funny, but way to promiscuious, hope he doesn't catch anything........Baum..
Yes Yes March 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Send in the drones!!

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