Cinemax’s new reality television show Topless Prophet is about to make its debut May 31 at 12:00 am and cast members our telling us there is very little real about it. Just this week we ran a featured story about how Reality TV isn’t all that real (Read our story Not Reality, The Truth About Reality TV Here ) with exerts from interviews with Angelique Morgan aka Frenchy from VH1′s Rock of Love, I Love Money, and Charm School as well as Cara Parrish from MTV’s Buckwild. It also featured content Wendy Williams shared regarding her time on Dancing With the Stars. Today, we were contacted from Topless Prophet cast member Kristiana Johnson who wanted to fill us in with the inside scoop on the show she’s working on. Interestingly enough, Kristiana wasn’t the first who’d reached out to us.
Topless Prophet is a reality show, filmed primarily in Detroit, which centers around Alan Markovitz and his strip club empire. Rob Cohen, the director of such films as The Fast & The Furious, Dragonheart, and XXX created and executive produced the show which airs this coming Friday but has received little to no advertising by the network. It took a complete search of the Cinemax website schedule page just to verify the show is even being broadcast. This was a bit surprising as typically you’d expect a “real life” look inside the world of strip clubs would generate some buzz. According to Johnson and other people who’ve been a part of filming this show was very far from real.
“Okay I’ll break it down for you,” Johnson shared with us. “I played a CEO that goes on a blind date (with Allen)… I’m supposed to be in episodes 4-7.” The only problem is, she’s “not a CEO” in real life, she works in “interior design.” Johnson goes on to say everything she said or did was scripted. Including all of the dialog and everything that took place.
“The first scene is me at my office…I receive a phone call from someone who works with Allen…she wants to set me up on a blind date with him.” She agrees to it and winds up meeting him for drinks, dinner, and eventually ends up back at one of his strip clubs. “I have drink after drink because I’m so nervous (and the dancers) end up pulling me on stage,” where she proceeds to “get naked.” Afterwards she avoids his calls out of embarrassment but he tracks her down.
This leads to him “barging through her office door” and “demanding an answer to why I’m ignoring him.” She goes on to explain she was embarrassed and doesn’t think it will work due to her being a vegetarian and him not. He agrees to take the plunge and give up meat for her and later she thanks him by coming over to seal the deal with sex. A sex scene she describes to have “took the whole day to shoot.”
The key thing to remember here is she’s not even a CEO, this wasn’t her office, and per what she shared with us, every single event was scripted and she was told everything to do and say. If this is all indeed true, this makes for the second such recent story where a “Reality TV” show has been confirmed to have been completely scripted by its cast members.
Does this mean the show isn’t entertaining? No, sure it is. Last time I checked Seinfeld was one of the highest grossing Television shows of all time, earning over 2 billion last year just in revenue from reruns, and that entire show was a scripted sitcom. Our only complaint is that these shows are billed to audiences as reality, when they’re anything but real life.
Now, none of the episodes have been released yet and we cannot confirm how much of this makes it into those episodes. All we know is what Kristiana has told us, as well as some somewhat similar, albeit less descriptive, stories from a number of other people who appeared on camera during “party scenes” and “strip club” scenes.
However, we do have some more, even juicer, stories about some of the behind the scenes action, including photos, that we’ll be sharing after the first episodes air. Though a couple of them we may have to censor a bit. So keep your eyes out for an even more interesting and exclusive story.