Trapped In Paradise - Buddies Set Sights on Reality TV Crown

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“The Boys of Paradise" is a new proposed reality series that follows the day to day lives of three home grown Canadian boys that have left the cold winters of Canada behind to live together at a condo on Paradise Island, Bahamas (home of the world famous Atlantis Resort). What started out as a 2 week March break has turned into an indefinite stay. They are living every March breakers’ fantasy and they know it. Every week we will follow the guys as they cruise the beach, hit the clubs, meet the girls, hold beer pong tournaments on the beach (Canadians against ????), drive the den mother crazy and get into situations that only these 3 can get into.

"This show will interest people because guys want to be them and girls want to be with them", said Ms Whitnell, who pitched the idea of creating a TV series. "They will be living the March break life every day"

How many times have you done something on vacation and only wished you’d had a camera to capture the moment?
Three Aurora residents are not taking that chance.

Instead, Craig Collins, 21, Darren Giroux, 19, and Andrew Goss, 22, are taking the camera with them full time to film the Boys of Paradise, a new reality TV show documenting their trials and tribulations while on permanent spring break in the Bahamas.

Boys of Paradise follows the day-to-day lives of three friends who leave the cold winters of Canada behind to live together in a condo on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, home of the world famous Atlantis Resort.

Creating a reality series based on their lives came easy, Mr. Collins said.

“We’re always getting into something,” he said. “The things we do are funnier than what’s on TV now.”

Boys of Paradise will feature the high school buddies and their den mother, Mr. Giroux’s mom, Barb Whitnell, who strives to keep them in line.
“I’m there to try to keep things under control,” she said. “They know I will yell at them about cleaning up, getting up and enjoying the fresh air instead of sleeping. That’s just part of the living situation. I can’t turn off the mom in me.”

The idea of creating a reality TV series sprang from their last vacation in the spring, during which the boys say they got into all sorts of troublesome adventures.

“This show will interest people because guys want to be them and girls want to be with them,” said Ms Whitnell, who pitched the idea of creating a TV series. “They will be living the March break life every day.”

Although the setting is tropical, the focus will be on the stars’ dynamic and extreme personalities.

Each one has his role — Mr. Collins is the self-described macho meathead of the group, Mr. Giroux the laid back boy next door and Mr. Goss is the adventurous life of the party.

“We are different and most extreme in our personalities,” said Mr. Collins, who is also the group’s designated “chick magnet”.

“People will want to live through us and see what’s it’s like to have the time of your life when you’re young. Who doesn’t want to live in paradise.”
But as they experience paradise, the same rules that applied at home in Aurora will apply there.

“There is one key to the condo,” Ms Whitnell said. “I tell them every night to stick together and come home together.”
But boys will be boys, she added.

“Not once have they come home together,” she said. “There will be a soft knock at the door at 2 a.m. then another at 3 a.m. and then 3:30 a.m.”
The show is being marketed as a cross between Jersey Shore and Baywatch, with a Canadian flair.

“All the other shows like this are American,” Mr. Collins said. “We want to blow the U.S. out of the water.”

The American-Canadian rivalry started during their series planning trip down south in March. Mr. Goss started a beer pong tournament on the beach, attracting girls in bikinis and their boyfriends to play against the self-proclaimed undefeated Canadian beer pong champions.

“There was a line-up down the beach to play us,” Mr. Goss said. “It was two guys versus an entire crowd.”

As the boys battle it out for beer pong supremacy during the day and check out the local clubs at night, there always seems to be a love interest by the end of the week.

“It happens every time,” Ms Whitnell said. “Someone always says, ‘That’s it, I’m moving to New York or I’m moving to Texas for her’. And then there are the goodbyes and tears.”

Along with tears and cheers over their latest love interests comes the heart-to-heart sessions with their den mother.

“I have a good rapport with these boys. They can confide in me even if it’s 2 a.m.,” Ms Whitnell said. “I’ll give them advice if they want it or not.”
That’s part of the everyday routine and footage the boys hope to capture while filming their pilot episode in August.

The trip in August will be their third this year.

While the first two dealt primarily with planning and going over the legalities of filming and getting into clubs, The return trip will be a filming expedition, during which the group plans to film the show’s pilot.

In the meantime, Ms Whitnell is starting to market the show to different networks in Canada and the United Sates and said, so far, there has been a lot of interest.

The boys are expecting to film a pilot and a couple more episodes while on Paradise Island in August and expect to have an edited version of the show out to the networks by late fall.

Any interested networks or producers are urged to contact: whitnell(at)rogers(dot)com

For more information on "The Boys of Paradise, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121801217846873&v=wall&__a=13

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