Kristian Laliberte & Co. Developing a ‘Hills’-in-Manhattan Reality Show

Devorah Rose, Kristian Laliberte, and Annabel Vartanian
The cast: Annabel, Kristian, and Devorah. We're definitely missing a Brody and a Justin Bobby in this picture. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Sometimes, the world around you creates situations that you never thought could be so perfectly distilled into brilliance that it's just stunning, like the invention of meat on a stick and that Website about men who look like old lesbians. This is one of those times. Kristian Laliberte on camera, all day long? What could be better? (Well, a competition show where monkeys throw poop at Oscar-winning actresses would be better, but we like to keep our expectations within reach.) According to Emily Brill, authoress of EssentiallyEmily.com, an ABC-affiliated reality show is being developed about Kristian and his two friends Devorah Rose and Annabel Vartanian. It's apparently supposed to be “a Manhattan version of The Hills,” which we would have thought would be impossible because nobody here in New York is that bad at acting. Still, the prospect sounds delicious. Kristian is the lovably quotable socialite/stylist/something-or-other you might remember from that party you went to when you were drunk but not as drunk as everybody else. Devorah is the editor of Social Life magazine, and Annabel is that girl who passed out at the La Perla party in December. It's going to be about their raucous lives running around the city and desperately striving to be relevant, or at least, you know, present and photographed. Apparently they asked Brill to be on the show. “Emily, tell me the truth. Look at me," someone involved asked her. "Do you want to be FAMOUS?” Brill considered, and then replied: "No. I want to be respected." Man, this show is already gold.

SO, ABOUT THAT TELEVISION SHOW [Essentially Emily]
Update: Kristian just called to tell us that Brill "was never involved in any stage of what we were doing." Apparently the filming that's been done was not for a reality show, it's "more like a documentary." Hey, we'll take it any way we can get it!