Southie Rules: A&E Orders New Reality Series

TV seriesThere’s a trip to Beantown in A&E’s future. The cable channel has greenlighted Southie Rules, a new reality series that will “follow one wicked-stubborn native South Boston family as they battle the relentless gentrification of their neighborhood.”

No word yet on when the Southie Rules show will air or how many episodes have been ordered.

Here’s the cable channel’s press release:



NEW YORK, NY – May 9, 2012 – A&E has ordered the new Real-Life series “Southie Rules” from Powderhouse Productions and Magilla Entertainment, with production beginning immediately, it was announced today by David McKillop, Executive Vice President, Programming, A&E Network and BIO Channel. The series will follow one wicked- stubborn native South Boston family as they battle the relentless gentrification of their neighborhood.

Living in the iconic working class area of South Boston, natives battle everyday with the onset of yuppie outsiders whose Starbucks and sushi restaurants are squeezing out the old school blue-collar families that have called this tiny 3.3 square mile neighborhood home for generations – and this family epitomizes the heart and soul of their neighborhood. They live in a triple-decker home, with all three floors connected, with each floor claimed by a different wing of the family. Mom, Camille, and Dad, Walter, live on the top floor, divorced but still sleeping in the same bed. Walter is forever in love with Camille, which makes it tricky for her as she keeps dating and looking for a new man. Middle floor is the youngest son, Matty, and the mother of his child, Jen. They have a 9-month-old and drama surrounds the issue of whether or not they’ll ever get married. Holding the family together on the bottom floor is the oldest daughter Leah, her husband Jarod and their 2-year-old. Leah is the gravitational center of the home; everything eventually goes through her, including the problems of the rotating cast of friends and extended family that walk in through their front door everyday.

Despite their family differences, they rally together for their daily turf war against the yuppies that are overrunning their territory. These “Southies” will stop at nothing to protect their way of life from the occupation, that is, if they don’t kill each other first.

“Southie Rules” is produced by Powderhouse Productions and Magilla Entertainment for A&E. Executive producers for Powderhouse Productions are Seanbaker Carter, Joel Olicker and Tug Yourgrau. Executive producers for Magilla Entertainment are Brian Flanagan, Matt Ostrom and Laura Palumbo Johnson. David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Drew Tappon and Fred Grinstein serve as executive producers for A&E.

About A&E Network

A&E is “Real Life. Drama.” Now reaching more than 99 million homes, A&E is television that you can’t turn away from; where unscripted shows are dramatic and scripted dramas are authentic. A&E offers a diverse mix of high quality entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “The Glades” and “Breakout Kings,” to signature non-fiction franchises, including the Emmy-winning “Intervention,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Hoarders,” “Beyond Scared Straight” and “Storage Wars,” and the most successful justice shows on cable, including “The First 48.” The A&E website is located at

What do you think? Does this show sound interesting to you?

7 Comments · Read them below or add one

    • Melissa Kluge says

      This show is one funny ass show…. LOVE IT!!!!! please don’t cancel this show… I never laughed so hard. <3

  1. Michael Niedzwiecki says

    Can’t wait alway’s said my uncle is Ozzie on steroid’s,he’s intelligent,witty,funny,and miserable..Just never know which person your going to get on any given day..Jenna,my mother and I will be looking forward to seeing how this transpire’s…I guarantee it will be very entertaining once you see how the family dynamic’s merge, and everyday life take place…I wish you all the best,and just be you that’s all you need..Love Michael and Jenna!!!

  2. Pamela Jones says

    Southie is a very different part of beantown and a reality show there would be very interesting.

  3. Betsy Day says

    I will definately be watching for it! It sounds like it will be a doozie… I’ve been to Southie and just hearing the Boston accents will be a hoot!

  4. Judy Goggin says

    Absolutely! This series would be top entertainment for my family. BUT, it better be REAL and not souped up to make the discord seem worse than it is. Southie natives and “encroaching yuppies” sometimes become friends. It would be nice if somewhere along the line you show that too.

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