I saw a link this morning on TVSquad to an article headlined, “Reality Show Director Arrested in Florida.”
That’s it. I thought. Judgement Day is upon us. And not the one from the Terminator movies, either. I think that would be the preferable one.
In a nutshell, here’s the story:
Eight women want to be transformed into princesses (someone watch too many Disney movies growing up?). Naturally, they jump at the chance to be on a reality television show that no network has agreed to air. The show: Pauper to Princess. They move into a house in Apopka, Fla., about two months ago. Saturday, four of them are alleged to have broken out of the home and told cops they were being held there against their will (three were not in the house at the time, one had already been cut from the show).
Showrunner Marc Brilleman was arrested by the Apopka cops, charged with false imprisonment and jailed on $3,000 bond, which he’s since posted.
Executive producer (and homeowner) Jim Johnson denied the charges and, in the Orlando Sentinel said the women were lying:
Nobody was being held against their will at any time. This show was an honorable show. We took them to the opera, we took them to fashion shows, we took them to modeling training and we took them to etiquette training.
According to the website for the “show” (I put that in quotes, because, let’s face it, no one had agreed to put it on the air), CFO Diana Evans, one of the show’s co-creators called Pauper to Princess,
“a show where you can tell your daughter to sit and learn what makes a real Princess without the degrading side.”
Well, that sure succeeded.