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Kathryn Dennis: America’s Next Reality TV Star?




Who’s the undisputed queen of the South Carolina political world? That’s easy … it’s 21-year-old Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, a 5-foot-11 redheaded bombshell who happens to be the scion of not one, but two of the Palmetto State’s most prestigious political families.

A model, writer and aspiring political operative, Dennis has appeared on this website as both a published author and as the object of our founding editor’s affection obsession (here and here).  That exposure – along with her headline-grabbing “Factory Girl” persona –  has made Dennis a household name in her home state.

Is she ready to make the big jump, though?  According to an Atlanta talent scout who spoke with FITS on condition of anonymity, “yes.”  In fact Dennis is one of three young female politicos in the Palmetto State currently being considered for starring roles in a new reality television program tentatively dubbed “Divas of the Deep South.”

It’s not immediately clear which network is exploring this concept – but we’re told it is being advanced by a company with several hit reality programs under its belt.  In fact the company may have already retained a South Carolina-based public relations firm to compile a promotional video (dubbed a “sizzle reel”) of Dennis and her friends.

According to our sources, executives at the network became particularly interested in the concept when they learned of Dennis’ recent arrest for underage drinking and disorderly conduct.  They also fell in love – as we’re sure you will – with several racy private photos of Dennis that were provided anonymously to the agency.  FITS has obtained several of these photos – which show Dennis modeling skimpy bikinis and lingerie.

“She is young, rich, beautiful and full of inner demons and external conflicts,” the scout told us. “We like everything we’ve seen from her – especially her unpredictability.”

According to the scout, most women pitched for roles in politically-themed shows are unable to “carry” narratives on their own – forcing the shows to rely on “trappings” rather than characters.

“The power and affluence of her set is a nice touch but it’s not enough,” the scout explained. “You need big personalities capable of producing moments people feel deep down – regardless of the setting.  If trappings mattered Real Housewives of D.C. would have been a hit.”

Real Housewives of D.C. – which debuted in 2010 – was the first installment of the Real Housewives franchise not to be renewed.  Why not?

“It was boring,” the scout explained.

Critics agreed.

“Pretty soon, you’re wishing Caroline and the New Jersey babes would show up with their stripper poles and toss over a table. Or two,” columinst Maureen Dowd wrote of the show for TV Guide.

So can Dennis and her friends “carry” a Housewives-size drama?  We may soon find out …

Earlier this year, the Berkeley County native and University of South Carolina student was dating former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers, but sources tell FITS Dennis has since gotten back together with her ex-boyfriend.  Is that a good thing?  Eh … we’re not so sure.  Last time Dennis was hanging around with this guy bad things happened.

Of course “bad things” could be music to the producers’ ears – as good life decisions don’t necessarily equal good television ratings.

So will Dennis land this role? Time will tell … although we have to say we hope she does.   After all, any reality TV show featuring her as one of its stars would be an infinite improvement over other S.C.-based reality programs that are reportedly coming down the pipe.

Anyway enjoy the pics … and remember, once you’re inside the gallery you can enlarge each image even further by clicking on it a second time …

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