It looks like the bumpy road is over for Blonde Charity Mafia at the CW network. The series has been dropped, for the second time. Will the show pop up elsewhere?
Blonde Charity Mafia is billed as a docu-series about a trio of influential and do-gooding young ladies in Washington, DC. The BCM — made up of Katherine Kennedy, Krista Johnson and Sophie Pyle — runs the social circuit in our nation’s capitol, from charity events to society parties.
The series was originally commissioned for a six episode season for Lifetime back in August 2008. Production began in September of that year. Sometime after that though, Lifetime scrapped plans to air it and the series was sold to The CW.
In April of 2009, the CW network announced that it would be airing Blonde Charity Mafia and Hitched or Ditched during the summer months. CW’s President of Entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, said, “We’re very excited to be launching original programming during the summer months for the first time. We want to keep this season’s momentum going by freshening our schedule with two new reality shows with fun, relatable concepts aimed squarely at our young female demo.”
That plan didn’t last for very long. Two months later, the network decided to delay the series until sometime during the 2009-10 season. The word was that it was just “too good” to run during the summer. MTV in Australia and New Zealand ran the show during August and September.
Now, the CW network execs have changed their minds once again. They’ve dumped the series altogether.
The news was delivered to the castmembers via an email from the producers. The Washington Post obtained a copy that said, “We just heard from the CW that they have officially decided not to air BCM. They have been very supportive and complimentary of the project, but they now have two other shows that are ‘home grown’ that they are choosing to air instead.”
The decision didn’t come as a total surprise to Kennedy. She’d previously been told by the network and producers that she was free to pursue other projects.
Kennedy told the Post that she was actually ready to move on with her life. She said, “Everything worked out for the best, and I am actually happy we aren’t airing here — no longer are we waiting with bated breath. Rumors surrounding the show brought attention to a lot of worthy causes in the area, which was my original intention for participating. As far as I’m concerned, we had the success we sought — and get off easy.”
Blonde Charity Mafia may still surface at some point in the future. The production company is reportedly searching for another outlet to air the series. Perhaps the third time will be the charm.
What do you think? Were you looking forward to seeing Blonde Charity Mafia? Which station should air it?