More info is frolicking in about the gay reality show being developed for Bravo that Andy Cohen half-denied last week. Yesterday, Access Hollywood posted a lengthy “Fact vs. Fiction” rundown. Turns out that the show wouldn’t be called From the Bottom to the Top (a huge loss), but it might be called The Plastics — a name you may recognize from the movie Mean Girls. That’s actually what this gang of guys is called in some parts here in New York. (It’s both a reference to the movie and a reference to, well, look at some of those foreheads.) Access adds that there are more men in the cast than was originally reported by the Daily News: Christopher Fawcett, underwear model and boyfriend of interior decorator Jordan Carlyle, is in talks to be in the full-time cast. And John Paul Fleming, a former Jil Sander employee who runs with the gang, is being considered as a seventh player.
The show hasn’t been greenlit yet by Cohen (who was promoted today to executive vice president by the network. Congrats!). In fact, the cast still seems to be in contract negotiations: salary negotiations, to be specific. Intel hears that, compared to the cast of the Logo show The A-List, these guys will make off decently well if the show ever gets made. The cast of the former show made something like $2,000 for the whole season of the show, while the Plastics are negotiating for up to something like $10,000 up front. From what we’ve heard, that will not include a potential $1,000 bonus per episode depending on ratings. Then, if the show gets picked up for a second and third season, the paychecks go up from there. To put that into context, Real Housewives cast members reportedly start out somewhere in the $3,000-an-episode range. When asked for comment on these numbers, and the show, Andy Cohen told us: “If I had a dollar for every gay man we’ve put on tape during my six years at Bravo, I would be a very rich man. None of this is true. What is true is that we are always casting, and this group of friends is one of the many we have on a development reel.”
That hasn’t stopped the Plastics from chatting the story up to their friends. According to a source, the current cast members have been told that this show would feature “less drama” than the A-List and instead would focus on the fabulous lives and friends of its stars. (That list, according to Access, includes “Nicole Richie, Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Rowland, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Lorenzo Martone, and designers Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Tom Ford”). Wonder if that’s exactly what every single Real Housewives cast was told before they signed on?
Meet Bravo’s New Gay Househusbands [Access Hollywood]