November 21, 2012 NOTE: ”Sin City Rules” will debut on TLC December 9 at 10 pm… “SCR” is another production from Evolution Media, the same production company responsible for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the Real Housewives of Orange County.
From TLC: ALICIA JACOBS is an entertainment reporter, she is a former pageant queen who uses her local celebrity to move within Las Vegas’ exclusive social circles. However, her knowledge of the town’s secrets sometimes puts her at odds with those who fear she knows too much.
Alicia Jacobs graciously answered questions submitted to her by SH re her new show, “Sin City Rules”…
We are very excited about your new show, Sin City Rules! We’ve been following the development of the show since the casting call in April. Would you kindly take a few seconds to answer these questions? SH readers want to know!!
1. Why did you decide to become a part of SinCityRules?
Alicia- A few reasons. First & most importantly, I’ve lived in Las Vegas my entire life, I truly love my hometown so much! Since my days as Miss Nevada USA, & certainly as a Las Vegas-based reporter, the incredible people of Las Vegas have embraced, supported, and encouraged me & all of my endeavors. It is so important to me to make my fellow Las Vegans proud!
The second reason, is that so many television shows have been produced in and about Las Vegas…however, it is my opinion, no TV show has ever truly depicted LV or its residents properly. No production has ever really captured the true essence of our lifestyle, and our amazingly charitable & giving community.
Another reason was strictly business. I’ve spent my entire 18 year career in front of the camera. I’ve always done news / Entertainment reporting, and some hosting. I’m hoping this show proves to be a smart career move. I’m also a fan of Evolution Media, and really liked the idea of working with Doug Ross, Alex Baskin, & the entire team at Evolution. I believe they are the best at what they do.
2. There are “Housewives” and MobWives”… neither label fits your show! Would any of these be an apt label: ”CitySinners” ”HouseSinners” ”CityWives” ”CityRulers” “Sinners” or “Rulers”? If none of these apply, what would you like to be called?
Alicia- Tough question. Having called Las Vegas my home my entire life, I’ve always taken issue with the term, “Sin City.” In fact, you’ll never see me use the term in any package script I write for my news segments. (FYI, Las Vegas has more churches per capita than any other city in the USA, so not entirely sinful)
Las Vegas prides itself on being charitable and taking care of its own. We support the people and projects in Las Vegas which bring a positive light to our city. ( I.e. The Miss USA & Miss Universe pageants have found a home in Las Vegas, & our city & it’s movers & shakers have really rallied around Donald Trump & his nationally televised pageants. These events shine a wonderful light on our town. Mr. Trump could take the pageants to any city in the country/world…but he continues to chose Las Vegas)
I might like the name “City Shakers,” or “City Rulers,” maybe ”Vegas Rulers.” And actually, when you watch the show, you will hear the word “desperate” used quite often! I witnessed a whole lot of desperate behavior by some of my cast mates! (Too bad “Desperate Housewives” was already taken!)
At any rate, I do think the title, “Sin City Rules” is a definite attention-grabber, & I always love a good double entendre. And who are we kidding, I’ll bet we’ve all committed a sin or two.
3. What will be the biggest difference between the House/MobWives shows and SinCityRules?
Alicia- I’m sure people we see some similarities between those shows and Sin City Rules, by virtue of the fact that all three franchises revolve around a female ensemble, and lots of drama! However, thats probably where the similarities end.
I’m actually a fan of Real Housewives & Mob Wives, ( & I’m obsessed with Big Ang!!) I’d say we differ from Mob Wives in that obviously there are no wives of mobsters on our show. The only sort of connection our show might have to anything “mob” would be Amy Hanley’s late father. But, our show focuses on Amy, and not really her dad.
As for “Real Housewives,” we’re produced by the same company, (Evolution Media) & we share most of the same crew, so naturally, there will be many similarities. I’m told the main difference between the franchises was in the casting process. Producers were adamant about finding very strong successful women who have achieved success in their own right & not necessarily because of the man in their life. Producers have really stressed that Sin City Rules is about powerful women, who have earned that power on our own. Of course, we all have very different definitions of what constitutes true power…and that will make for some very compelling drama!
4. What will be the most shocking incident that we’ll see on SinCityRules?
Alicia- Where do I start? Haha! Actually, I’m bound by a very strict Non Disclosure Agreement, so I’m truly not able to reveal much. Plus, I know I NEVER like a spoiler on my favorite TV shows.
I can say that what has really surprised me the most, and which I really never expected, was the shocking level of Mean Girl behavior by SOME of the cast. So, take that info, and use your imagination , & then multiply by ten, & maybe you start to understand to what I refer? Insecure & desperate women = Mean girl behavior.
5. Have you been given the first episode of SinCityRules to view?
Alicia- No, not yet. Far as I know, our cast will watch the first episode right along with the rest of the country. Yikes!!
6. Alliances are usually made on these shows… and they quickly change because of the “camera interviews.” Which cast member will be the person to have a lot to say to the camera, but not to your face? If you have yet to view the show, just your gut feeling will do!
Alicia- Again, without giving too much away, I have a hunch those so-called alliances will change considerably from the first to the final episode. For whatever reason, I think I got to know Jennifer Harman the least…and to everyone’s surprise, including my own, I probably have come to know Amy the most. She & I have very different personalities & backgrounds. I was raised in a VERY conservative & sheltered environment, my life was all about ballet company & cheerleading. Amy was very sheltered too, but because of her family’s hesitation to allow anyone to get close to her or their way of life.
She & I did not get off to a good start, and I think our audience will be very surprised to see our eventful & emotional journey.
Personally speaking, I think my interviews stay consistent with my on-camera relationships. If I say something to the camera, you can bet, I will also say it to that person’s face.
7. We know that each “CityRuler” will be writing their take on each episode for the viewers on the TLC website. Will you be writing your own review of the show? How do you feel about cast members who use ghostwriters for this task?
Alicia- I can absolutely guarantee that NO ONE will ever write or speak for me. I always write my own scripts at work, done all of my own blogging, I certainly do all my own tweeting, Facebook, & all social media.
I’m really really looking forward to writing my TLC blog. I assure you, I will have plenty to share with our “Sin City Rules” viewers each week. I’m also too much of a control freak to allow anyone else to speak for me.
In response to your other question, I don’t understand why any cast member would want a “ghostwriter,” perhaps they’re insecure about writing skills? But, I imagine viewers care much less about technical writing skills, & more about reading juicy insight into why we say & do certain things.
8. What products and/or merchandise are you planning on releasing after the show begins?
Alicia- Me, myself & I!! I think I just might be the ONLY person on reality television who does not have something to sell ?
Although, I am often told that my adorable (and very fashion forward pups) should do a doggy fashion line. Perhaps “Sparkle Couture!” (In honor of my 4 year-old Doxie, Sparkle Reagan Jacobs!) Haha, you may have just gotten an exclusive tidbit!
9. We know that editing plays a big part in the drama we see on reality shows. Have you done anything that you wish (or are hoping) would be edited out?
Alicia- Of course!! Probably more than I want to remember! The first thing that quickly comes to mind, (I am very clumsy ) the evening I arrived to Amy’s party at The Mob Museum, I AMAZINGLY managed to fall UP the stairs…& tore my brand new Gucci pants!!! Really, how does one fall UP the stairs?
Several of my closest friends are featured on the show with me. I hope the strong bonds of friendship and loyalty we share are depicted…especially between my best friend, Tricia McCrone and I.
Also, I’d say I tried far too many times to reason with a very unreasonable person on our show. Some people are simply not worth the effort.
10. What would you like viewers to know about you?
Alicia- I truly hope that our show portrays me as accurately as possible. I have been as open as possible in putting my life, career, close friends & family on display. Yes, it is a very invasive process, however, in order to be interesting, it probably has to be that way.
I am a very stubborn/ hard-headed person, an extremely hard worker, and I am passionate about animal rights & gay equality.
I’m quite certain, that just as the Stoopid Housewives fans are sophisticated enough to expose motives behind bad behavior, I believe our Sin City Rules viewers will certainly (quickly) decipher which of my cast mates are well-meaning, & which are acting out of desperation & starved for attention.
Most of all, I love my hometown of Las Vegas, and consider myself very blessed to have grown up here. There is absolutely no city in the world as special and magical as Las Vegas!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer… and we thank Alicia for recognizing SH readers as “sophisticated”! SH readers ARE, along with being sophisticated… intelligent, witty and insightful!
Photos courtesy of Alicia Jacobs…
Alicia with good friend, Marie Osmond…
Alicia interviewing Wayne Newton…
Dr & Mrs Loring Jacobs…
Alicia on the cover of “Las Vegas Weekly”…
Yesterday’s newscast in KSNV studio – w/ TLC cameras rolling…
With BF Tricia McCrone…
Preview of “Sin City Rules”…