South Carolina already has ‘Welcome to Myrtle Manor' and ‘Party Down South' – both set along the Grand Strand.
Now, the state will host another ‘reality' show called “Southern Charm,” which centers around six “aristocratic” single men and women living in Charleston and premieres next month.
The chief among the core group of 4 men and 2 women appears to be Thomas Ravenel, the son of a former congressman. Thomas Ravenel is a former SC state treasurer who was sentenced in 2008 to 10 months in federal prison for drug charges.
“In his free time, (Ravenel) enjoys polo, boating, and traveling,” his Southern Charm bio says.
The show's bio pages make no mention of Ravenel's drug background yet claims the show will “reveal a world of exclusivity, money and scandal that goes back generations.”
The show, which premieres on Bravo TV on March 3, apparently is trying to go upscale – prominent on show's website: “This ain't your duck callin', moonshinin', hand fishin' kind of show.”
The show features a film director, a law student and a real estate agent – among other characters that appear to have no current job.
“The fast-paced, drama-filled docu-series follows six Charleston singles struggling with the constraints of this tight-knit, posh society,” according to the show's website.
“The cast, some descendants of Vice Presidents and four-term Senators, and others from ‘new money,' is comprised of Southern bachelors who suffer from ‘Peter Pan Syndrome' by refusing to settle down; and the women in their lives who challenge them to grow up.”
Producers of the show promise that viewers will see those on the show launch political careers, build businesses, “break hearts, and chase true love — all while struggling to preserve their family names.”
The show's website adds: “Because in Charleston, you're only as good as your last garden party and one social screw-up can taint generations to come.”
Most of those on the show appear to be from South Carolina, with the exception of two Yankees.
Here are the bios for the group:
Cameran Eubanks, a 30-ish year old woman, who was born and raised in South Carolina and “thinks it's the greatest state in the country.” From the TV show website: She is embracing this new decade of her life with open arms. Cameran considers herself to be a modern Southern woman and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. In her spare time she enjoys boating or laying on the beach with a good book. “She just entered the world of real estate after ten years working in the cosmetic industry and is excited to see what is in store for the next chapter of her life,” her bio says.
Jenna King, a 28-year-old woman who is an aspiring fashion designer, currently designing a line of fashion gloves and has an interest in a designer sunglass company. Growing up in rural Sumter, King was a country girl raised by her father, a retired military pilot in the Air Force for 20 years, and mother, a rescuer to orphan animals. Since her college graduation at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, King has lived in various big cities, however, she has always considered Charleston home. King has always held a passion for animals, especially horses, as she's did barrel riding in the rodeo throughout high school. She continues her love of adventure and outdoors by snowboarding and flying with her dad.
Shep Rose, a 34-year-old man, who claims his profession is telling anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way. Rose grew up in Hilton Head island. Rose graduated from UGA , later lived in Palm Beach. After three years in South Florida, he applied and was accepted to Owen School of Business in Nashville. During the summer, he was able to get an internship in Dubai. “The fall of 2008 was about to bring to his doorstep a global financial crisis — one that sent him into a personal and professional tailspin, as he returned to his place of origin in Hilton Head and took to the age old comforts of the bottle,” his website bio says.
“Now, we find Rose rising from the ashes in Charleston, S.C. Older, wiser, kinder, gentler, and ready to tackle life's curve balls”
Craig Conover, a 25-year-old man who is a native of Fenwick Island, Delaware, and says he “is a hyperactive mulit-tasker.” Conover is a third-year law student and law clerk to a prominent personal injury firm. “With rarely any down time, one can find him either at work, the library, on the water or at a party enjoying everything Charleston has to offer,” he says in his bio. Craig graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and found himself at Charleston School of Law with the ultimate goal of obtaining financial freedom by the age of 30. Craig grew up playing sports, “but his dream of playing baseball in college was shattered after he destroyed his elbow,” his bio says.
Whitney Sudler-Smith, age 41, the son of the socialite Patricia Altschul is a filmmaker and, classically trained guitarist. He spent the last 17 years living and working in Los Angeles, and “has honed his special talents towards the dark side by composing brilliant screenplays and ingenious independent films that few will see” Sudler-Smith also directed the film Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, about the infamous fashion designer and decadent '70s. In 2008, his mother, Patricia Altschul bought the Mikell House, a 9,480-square-foot mansion built in 1851 in downtown Charleston for $4.8 million. In his spare time, Sudler-Smith likes to read, play guitar, bend time, and play tennis.
Thomas Ravenel, age 48, was born in Charleston and is the youngest of six children.
The following is his bio from the TV show website: In 1981, Ravenel was accepted to enter the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1985. After graduation, he sold real estate for four years. In 1991, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina, emphasizing Finance and Real Estate. In 1992, Ravenel founded Ravenel Development Corporation, a commercial real estate development company, and moved it the next year to Atlanta where he began to concentrate on retail projects including freestanding, single-tenant stores and strip-mall developments. He returned to Charleston in 1995. In 2006, Ravenel was elected statewide to the office of State Treasurer for the state of South Carolina. As State Treasurer, he was chairman of The State Board of Financial Institutions for the State of South Carolina, a member of The Budget and Control Board for the State of South Carolina, a member of The State of South Carolina Retirement System which invests approximately $30 billion in funds for the benefit of retired state employees.
Ravenel is active in national and state organizations that promote free enterprise and liberty such as The Cato Institute. He is a member of the French Huguenot Church of Charleston and a number of South Carolina organizations. In his free time, he enjoys polo, boating, and traveling