BY Corey Scholibo
July 14 2009 12:00 AM ET
As we enter the summer of one of the worst recessions in history, you would think that stories about rich people doing outlandish things that most of us will never be able to afford would lose some of its luster. But as the recent success of NYC Prep -- a show about a group of high school students with more money than most investment bankers left in N.Y. -- illustrates, this is just not the case.
Enter Miami Social , which can be summed up in one sentence: The Hills for 35-year-olds, but, you know... with heart. Bravo's latest offering is about a group of 30-something Miami socialites who have it all: fabulous real estate, great jobs, a great group of friends, and never have a problem getting a cabana at the Gansevoort Hotel.
But where The Hills has yet to have an LGBT person appear on camera, Miami Social has three: the photographer and single mother Maria; the bitchy Ariel, who will put Kristin Cavallari to shame in the outrageous statements department (they both identify as bisexual); and the softer, more lovable Michael, who is gay. Michael is Michael Cohen, a celebrity journalist formerly with In Touch Weekly and now blogging for The Huffington Post. When I spoke to him on the phone from Miami, he still hadn't seen the show, but was definitely excited to see what the world would think about him and his peers and if his new TV stardom could get this hopelessly single guy laid.
Advocate.com:What are you up to today?Michael Cohen: Um, watching Bernie Madoff stuff and Michael Jackson, all the craziness. Seems like there's a lot of crazy going on.
Well there is going to be a little more crazy going on when your show premieres...Yes, there will be. Have you seen it?
I've seen three episodes, and I am already in.I'm so jealous. I haven't seen them.
You haven't seen anything yet?No, that's the crazy part. I was watching Real Housewives yesterday and then, like, our "supertease" came on and I was like, Oh my God . We had no idea everything was going to look like that.
But you were obviously a fan of reality TV shows as a celebrity journalist. How did you get involved in this project?Well, they were casting here in Miami, and I just thought... I felt like there were two things that interested me: one, Miami is like really, I don't want to say reinventing itself but, evolved, and there are so many people that work here and really have normal lives like you would in L.A. or San Francisco or New York or whatever, and I feel like I'm one of those people. I work. I have my things going on, and I was like, I think I would be a good representation of what's happening in Miami . So I was like, oh I'll call them. So I called the casting company when I knew this casting was going on and I was like, You have to have me on this show [ laughs ].
So they came, and they cast me, and then you know, it all happened. I was excited because there were a lot of people that went to the casting -- a lot.