ABC Family Produces New Martha’s Vineyard-Based Reality Show, The Vineyard
Get ready, nostalgic Laguna Beach fans. ABC Family produced your latest summer indulgence this year and it takes place in the ever-glorious location of Martha’s Vineyard. According to ABC Family, this docu-series (excuse me?), titled The Vineyard, cast 11 young folks living on the island for a summer of “new friends,” “new rivals,”, “tight quarters,” “trouble,” and “romance.”
The cast—Lou D’Agostino, Ben Rossi, Sophi Alvarez, Cat Todd, Jackie Lyons, Katie Tardif, Jonathan Franco, Emily Burns, Taelyr Robinson, Gabby LaPointe, and Daniel Lipshutz—is a combination of both island locals and proclaimed “wash-ashores” (or yuppies who are only in town for a few months in the summer). The program will also show the vineyard’s famous Black Dog Tavern. Of the 11-person cast is a pre-med student, a Latin pop princess, “a guy who wants to turn his passion for throwing parties into a career,” and “a wannabe writer prone to falling for the wrong guy,” according to EW.
Although this show seems far from riveting—perhaps a healthy East Coast take on Laguna Beach—The Vineyard may be an appeasing change for natives of Massachusetts, at least in terms of locally based reality shows. Between the train wrecks that were Southie Rules and Wicked Single, this show may offer a new (it’s too early to say better) representation of our fine state. But before you go scheduling your DVR, save this one for the—ahem—less sophisticated crowd. In other words, if you’ve ever indulged in Seth Cohen’s Chrismukkah on The OC, followed the downfall of Speidi on The Hills, or sided Team Kristin over Team L.C. on Laguna Beach, then absolutely stay tuned for The Vineyard. Otherwise, keep on keeping up with The Kardashians (or something).
ABC Family’s The Vineyard premieres on July 23 at 10 p.m. Check out an exclusive trailer for the series at EW.com.