'Ball' to highlight life, drama when preparing for cotillion
HOLLYWOOD — Producer Sergio Myers and his 7Ponies Prods. have partnered with VH1 to develop and produce a series set in the world of debutantes.Myers, who created and exec produced MTV series “Sorority Life” and “Fraternity Life,” said the show, titled “Debutantes: Road to the Ball,” will highlight the day-to-day life and drama involved in preparing for a cotillion. Series was co-created by Myers, Samantha Lane and Susanna Griffith. Show likely will be shot in the South, where a young woman’s coming-out into society is a major event. Myers said the half-hour docu-soap was better suited to VH1, as the older-skewing show will focus more on the girls’ families and the tradition-steeped communities. “We’re going to look at what motivates and pressures these girls, what it takes to become a debutante. Is it all about money and family connections? This practice has been around since the Civil War and it’s taken very seriously in most parts,” Myers said. “I do hope that this show will help dispel some of the stereotypes associated with debutante balls, just as ‘Sorority Life’ did for the Greek system.” Myers’ 7Ponies also is producing two new skeins for Spike TV that are set to premiere next month: “Top 10 Things Every Guy Should Experience,” a monthly series tracking everyday guys as they journey to the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the Kentucky Derby and other major events; and “Crash Test,” a show that awards the title “ultimate party crasher” to the man who survives rejection and humiliation by successfully forcing himself on a social gathering as an uninvited guest. Myers, whose credits include several segs of “The E! True Hollywood Story” and the direct-to-video doc “Heaven’s Gate: The Untold Story,” is in development with National Lampoon to write and direct a feature he describes as the reality version of “Animal House.” He is repped by Endeavor, manager Michael McConnell and attorney Robert Myman.