Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Former Fox Prexy Seeks Call Girls [Updated]


I hear that spectacular flame-out and tabloid TV producer turned online video entrepreneur Stephen Chao is developing a reality TV show about high-end call girls for Showtime. They're pitching the documentary series as "Sex and the City" meets "Cathouse." The plan is to install upper-echelon escorts in a Hollywood Hills mansion, where they'll expose their lives for the cameras.

But the show's producers and director are having a hard time finding call girls willing to go public. Trolling the web, in search of "intelligent," "high-end," "classy Ivy League types," they're wooing courtesans with promises of future talk show appearances and potential Playboy offers. The show won't be demeaning or exploitative because, as the director explained it, they're looking to cast working girls without implants.

Once upon a time, Chao was a notorious Big Media player. A Harvard grad turned National Enquirer reporter, he helped create tabloid TV ("Cops," "America's Most Wanted," the esteemed "Studs," and more recently "Monk") and was infamously fired by News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch when Chao hired a male stripper to perform at a management conference attended by Murdoch and Dick Cheney. On another occasion, he so enraged Barry Diller that Diller threw a videocassette at Chao that dented the wall (Chao framed the dent). During this election year, he called for a more energetic use of the "N-word" on his one-entry Huffington Post blog.

The former Fox TV and USA Network prexy now runs a wannabe YouTube called WonderHowTo, where you can learn how to hypnotize a chicken, teach your cat to take a dump on the toilet, or make people naked in Photoshop -- that is, when he's not devoting his spare time to explaining how that stripper was really a prop used to make a point about how standards and practices sucks. Then there's the fake baby poop diaper story. "I’m not into gratuitous and sleazy stuff," he once told the LA Times.

Unfortunately, Chao and his team aren't having much luck getting call girls to sign on for full exposure. In reality, high-profile exposure is not exactly what most high-end escorts are looking for. After all, what these sex workers do is illegal. So, good luck on that, Chao! Plus, the call girl crop is getting crowded, from Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" to Showtime's UK call girl drama "Secret Diary of a Call Girl" to Darren Star's in the works call girl dramatic series for HBO. Chao has his work cut out for him on his call girl procuring quest. In the meantime, you'll have to settle for Ashley Dupre and Diane Sawyer.

Updated: I'm now getting conflicting reports as to whether or not this story is true. I feel like a bit of an asshat. But I guess that's the internet for you.