Is Robertson Boulevard becoming Reality TV Row? Maybe, if The Abbey succeeds in launching its own reality TV show.
TMZ reports that the West Hollywood restaurant and bar already has a production company at work on a show, and that the production company has lined up a network for it. Employees at The Abbey have told WEHOville they’ve signed up to audition.
Not that The Abbey needs more attention. It’s packed most nights and is widely viewed as the most popular gay venue in West Hollywood if not the West Coast. And it’s also seen as a good place for gay guys to take their straight friends (and for straight women to host bachelorette parties now that founder David Cooley rescinded the ban he imposed on them before LGBT marriage became legal).
Other reality TV nightspots? Down the block there is Sur, the site of “Vanderpump Rules,” the Bravo series focused on the fights and sexual tangles among the staff overseen by Lisa Vanderpump, who also is in Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Then there’s P.U.M.P., another Vanderpump restaurant. While not the setting for a reality TV show, it’s often packed with fans of that television genre and those who dress like they would love to perform in it.
What’s next? How about “So You Think You Can Bossa Nova”? The staff of that Brazilian restaurant on Robertson could judge prospective waiters on how well they swayed their hips to that musical fusion of samba and jazz. Or what about “Lumberjocks,” a gay version of “Vanderpump Rules.” It could be filmed at Anawalt Lumber if more of the staff were gay and had that undercut hairstyle and wore flannel shirts. And those who have proposed building a new City Hall should consider Robertson Boulevard as a location. What better place to film “The Real City Council of West Hollywood”?