Coming Soon: A Reality Show Staring Capitol Hill Staffers

It would appear that the reality show meme may be finally jumping the shark:

Hollywood might soon be coming to Hollywood for Ugly People.

Sources tell the Washington Examiner that a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently in development, and one source said there’s already been a round of casting.

An email circulating among Hill staffers and obtained by the Examiner said producers are seeking “the best and brightest on the hill” [capitalization sic] between the ages of 19 and 29 for a casting call later this month.

Why anyone in Hollywood thinks that America would be interested in watching something like this is a question is currently remains unanswered

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. C. Clavin says:

    Well it’s not like they are doing anything else with their time.
    Least. Productive. Congress. Ever.

  2. wr says:

    I can see that working on Bravo. Young, pretty, ambitious people working under tremendous pressure, hooking up and breaking up… It’s exactly the same as every other “docu soap” on the air.

    Are you so completely invested in acting jaded about politics that you’re unable to acknowledge that the atmosphere around it can be exciting?

  3. beth says:

    I don’t see this working out very well. The popular reality shows geared to young adults thrive on bad behavior ( think Jersey Shore). How long is a Congressperson going to put up with staff doing embarrassing things on tv? Just watching them work would get boring.

  4. wr says:

    @beth: I’m thinking more of a show geared to Bravo’s somewhat older audience. And I have no doubt that most of the people on camera are going to be real small-timers, and that some will lose their congressional jobs over this. But they’ll be on teevee!

  5. rodney dill says:


  6. Vast Variety says:

    I think I’m more scared of the fact that it will probably be a ratings success.

  7. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    19-29 years old…so this is going to include, what? Georgetown sophomores?