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Reality shows set in NYC: The 9 wackiest

Reality shows are like sausages, we know: Cranked off the assembly line, with the factory foreman's fingers crossed for success. But we wish we could have been in on the pitch meetings for these NYC-based reality shows -- some watchable, some not, and all conceptually challenged.

"The Show with Vinny"

The
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The "Jersey Shore" may have Vinny Guadagnino's body and soul, but his heart belongs to Staten Island. "The Show with Vinny," which premiered in 2013, found SI's infamous son back home in a talk-reality show hybrid, eating Italian food with his family while interviewing Mark Wahlberg, Kesha, Lil Wayne and more.

"Gallery Girls"

For a time, a brief time, Bravo was
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For a time, a brief time, Bravo was really into the New York art world. First there was "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist," in which artists competed for an exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum. Then, in 2012, came "Gallery Girls," in which, um, "girls," pretty much just competed. The carrot: a job to the survivor.

"I Want to Be a Hilton"

Implicating viewers with its very title, 2005's
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Implicating viewers with its very title, 2005's "I Want to Be a Hilton" found family matriarch Kathy Hilton (left, with daughter Nicky Hilton) hosting a competition with 14 contestants vying, in Manhattan, for a prize that included an apartment, trust fund and face time with the family. It's one of those classic catch-22 situations: people trying to prove they're high society on an NBC reality show that birthed the catchphrase "You're not on the list."

"Celebrity Apprentice"

Picking up the slack where the dearly departed
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Picking up the slack where the dearly departed likes of "The Surreal Life" and "Celebrity Fit Club" left off, "Celebrity Apprentice" is among the best-worst reality shows, period. Donald Trump trumped even himself with the "All-Stars" version -- a spin-off of a spin-off -- that, in 2012, gave forth Dennis Rodman, Bret Michaels, Lisa Rinna (all pictured), La Toya Jackson, Gary Busey and more.

“Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods”

If it works for pop stars, why not
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If it works for pop stars, why not for Broadway hopefuls? In 2008, MTV gave us “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods," hosted by Haylie Duff. (The show was preceded by 2006's "“Grease: You’re the One that I Want!" on NBC, which sought the male and female leads for that musical. Exclamation mark not optional.) The winner did indeed go on to play Woods.

“Bethenny Getting Married?”

It's the eternal question: How much Bethenny Frankel
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It's the eternal question: How much Bethenny Frankel does the public need? Bravo's answer, via 2010's “Bethenny Getting Married?” was, "exactly what it deserves." The show followed the NYC "Real Housewife" as she furthered her brand via a finance (Jason Hoppy), baby-to-be and cocktail line (Skinny Girl).

"Models of the Runway"

Ever wonder about the lives of the women
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Ever wonder about the lives of the women who model for "Project Runway"? We didn't either, and that's probably why Bravo's "Models of the Runway" only lasted two seasons.

'Lindsay'

With the eight-episode
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With the eight-episode "Lindsay," Oprah Winfrey seemed to be banking on some teachable moments with Lindsay Lohan as she, post-rehab, returned to New York and attempted to reassemble her career. As we watched LiLo apartment hunt in SoHo, organize her closet and micromanage her assistants, we did indeed learn an important lesson: There is a great, big world out there, and OWN isn't giving it to us.

"Real World: New York"

We have to give it up to the
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We have to give it up to the original: "Real World: New York." Premiering in 1992, it not only launched a new phase of reality-heavy programming for MTV but helped populate reality shows across the dial. Cramming seven strangers into a SoHo apartment to see what transpires was certainly a gamble at the time, but it soon became the template for all domestic reality shows. "Real World" saw another Manhattan season in 2001; Brooklyn was the backdrop in 2009.

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