This could be the last time you’ll ever need to see this “sizzle reel”
When news broke a couple days ago that Toronto wouldn’t in fact be getting a homegrown answer to Jersey Shore, it was met with sighs of relief. Producer Maryam Rahimi officially called it quits on her controversial show Lake Shore after having trouble finding a network to pick up the series. Although conceding defeat, Rahimi told the Toronto Star she feels the show was close to finding a network partner: “We became victims of circumstances. It was no one’s fault; this is just the way business is,” Rahimi said. Apparently, contacts at media giant Rogers fell through during a turnover at the company.
Of course, the failure to find backing could have a little to do with the controversy that dogged the release of the show’s “sizzle reel,” with characters that spewed borderline anti-Semitic sentiments (Bernie Farber, then CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, labelled the show racist). At least for Rahimi, the show seems to be a success: she told the National Post she came away with valuable contacts in the entertainment industry. Other cast members were not so lucky: Joey Violin (his real name) has to return to a construction job, while Salem Moussallam’s Queen Street consignment store was recently vandalized.