Green Acres is the place to be for a couple of socialites who’ll be roughing it in the sticks in Fox’s newest reality show. After months of development, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has given the go-ahead to ”The Simple Life,” in which two real-life Lisa Douglas types will spend six episodes in the summer living with a farm family and doing chores. Producing the show will be Jon Murray and Mary-Ellis Bunim, creators of MTV’s ”The Real World.”
Starring in the show will be society gals Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Hilton, 21, is an heir to the Hilton hotel fortune. While she’s a model and actress (she was last seen in Ben Stiller’s fashion spoof ”Zoolander”), she’s better known for her frequent appearances in New York gossip columns and party pages, along with her younger sister Nicky. (She has been romantically linked with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Edward Furlong, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, and Tommy Hilfiger model Jason Shaw, her current beau.) Richie, daughter of singer Lionel, is Paris’ best friend.
Fox is having better luck getting this show off the ground than CBS is with its flip-side project, a reality version of ”The Beverly Hillbillies.” CBS announced it was planning such a show last summer, a few days before Fox went public with its ”Simple Life” plans. But CBS has yet to cast a country family that it hopes to move into a Beverly Hills mansion, and the network has taken a PR hit from rural activists who complain that the show would be patronizing to poverty-plagued farm folk.