Reality TV never ceases to amaze. Just when you begin to think the well’s finally run dry and there are no more professions, obsessions, match-making competitions, or D-list celebrities left to exploit, here comes a doozy. A doozy aimed at who else? The jaded traveler.
Fly Girls follows the exploits of five Virgin America flight attendants as they work, and soar across the country. Though we’re unaware it was ever missing – or was even there to begin with – the program promises to bring sexy back to flying. Eight half-hour episodes will highlight all the good stuff: disgruntled passengers, first-time flying fears, aching feet, and wild partying during layovers in Vegas and Miami Beach. When they’re not up in the air, the women will be sharing a home in Los Angeles, so if all goes well, there should be plenty of household drama to look forward to. As with most reality programming, Executive Producer Jeff Collins promises the show will be “very personal” and unscripted.
Thanks to the current state of airport security, filming the show was no picnic. Virgin had to meet with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration to lay down some ground rules before the first onboard shoot. It was agreed that film crews must be briefed on safety procedures and regulations, all passengers notified when filming would take place and absolutely no shooting of cockpit footage while the plane was up in the air. A management representative was also required onboard each time cameras were rolling.
Given the turmoil and tribulations of airline travel these days, the show is a glimmer of lightheartedness amidst the barrage of new FAA regulations, baggage fees and full body X-ray scanners. While everyday flight attendants can live vicariously through the exploits of Tasha, Louise, Mandy, Nikole, and Farrah (very sexy names, to be sure) frequent fliers can appreciate the added bonus of possibly ending up on the show! However, judging from the women’s “promo team” status (they will attend multiple Virgin launch parties), luxe L.A. locale, and sexist clichés riddled throughout the debut episode, it remains to be seen just how “real” Fly Girls will be.
Fly Girls airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on the CW.
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