Vancouver’s Jenna Talackova – First Transgendered Miss Universe Contestant – Gets New Reality Show – & Then She Doesn’t – UPDATED

Jenna Talackova. Photo: Twitpic via The Vancouver Observer

Vancouverite Jenna Talackova is more than just a famous beauty; she’s renowned for winning a significant victory for civil rights. As you may remember, she was  the first-ever transgendered person to compete in the Miss Universe Canada pageant. Her experience with the pageant made international headlines when she was first disqualified for being transgendered then, after a public outcry, petition and threatened lawsuit, was finally reinstated by the Miss Universe organization (headed by Donald Trump). Her fight led to a landmark rule change that will allow transgender women in all competitions starting in 2013—a huge victory for trans people and equality.

Though Talackova ultimately lost the Miss Universe title (to fellow Vancouverite Sahar Biniaz), she’s won something that has the potential to make a much bigger impact: her own reality show!

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Real Housewives of Vancouver Premiere – Love it or Hate it?

After weeks/months of anticipation, media cattiness (the women aren’t really part of Vancouver high society!) and scandal (The Province’s reveal that cast member Reiko Mackenzie’s husband Sunny Mackenzie is Sun News Lal, a man acquitted, along with “notorious crime boss Bindy Johal in Vancouver’s sensational gangland murder of brothers Jim and Ron Dosanjh” in 1994), the Real Housewives of Vancouver premiered April 4 on Slice TV with two back-to-back episodes.

Like many Vancouverites, I was intrigued enough to see the Vancouver version of the franchise—the first Real Housewives franchise set in Canada—to watch the premiere, despite not being a Real Housewives fan.  Personally, I thought the build-up and pre-show scandals were more interesting than the show itself. (Let the cattiness begin!)

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Meet the Real Housewives of Vancouver: Official Cast Revealed

The Real Housewives of Vancouver Cast

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming Real Housewives of Vancouver, the first Canadian version of the popular Real Housewives reality series, “the world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise.” The series, which will premiere on Slice TV sometime soon (no official air date is set)*, had been hush-hush about its main cast, though rumours were flying over which Vancouver ladies would be the new Housewives.

Today, Slice TV officially announced the identities of the five main cast members of The Real Housewives of Vancouver, plus a bit about their bios (and a YouTube promo, of course):

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The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012

Here are two facts that, depending on how you feel about reality TV, could be signs of the rumoured 2012 apocalypse: First, that the Real Housewives reality shows that originated in the U.S. with Real Housewives of Orange County are the “world’s number one lifestyle reality franchise;” second, that the franchise has come to our fair city, with the Real Housewives of Vancouver set to premiere in April 2012.

The Real Housewives of Vancouver is the latest Real Housewives series from around the globe. Not only are there shows set around the U.S. (which Canadian viewers watch on the Slice Network), there are also shows set in Athens, Israel and France. The Real Housewives of Vancouver will be the first Canadian installment.

So who are the Real Housewives of Vancouver?

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The ‘Real Housewives of Vancouver’ are Coming April 2012

Food Network Casting Call in Vancouver – Recipe to Riches

Calling all Canadian home cooks! So you think you have THE recipe to take down all other recipes? Well, now is your chance to prove not only that, but to also win $250,000! No, that is not a typing error, it really says TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (the largest cash prize in Canadian reality show history)!

The Food Network is on its way to Vancouver to pick up candidates for their new show, Recipe to Riches. The show is embarking on a cross-country tour and will be touching down in Vancouver on Saturday, February 12.

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