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Political Circus: Casting Call Put Out for Capitol Hill Reality Show

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Everyone gets a reality TV show these days, from cosplayers to pro wrestlers to the Ku Klux Klan. But a new casting call has gone out for a reality show that promises to be one of the grimmest, most soul-crushing exercises in true television imaginable: the lives and times of Capitol Hill staffers.

The call was placed on Brad Traverse Jobs, a subscription-based Washington, DC, job search service. It is being produced by Michael Selditch, a veteran producer and director of reality television.

“[Selditch,] the Executive Producer behind Catfish, 30 Days, 9 By Design & Architecture School is casting a new reality show and looking for congressional staffers and DC influencers,” the ad read. “Democrats and Republicans are welcome as long as applicants have a strong point of view and aren’t afraid to express it. There will be filming of a short reel on July 24-26 so applicants must be in the DC area and somewhat available on those dates.”

Now seems as good a time as any for a Capitol Hill reality show, an era in which weird things happen in the highest offices in the land on a seemingly daily basis. Truth truly has become stranger than fiction, and DC life has become more farcical than satires like “South Park” or histrionic dramas like “House of Cards.” For god’s sake, the president of the United States of America kept himself in the public eye throughout the 2000s by hosting a reality show.