Local Reality Show Strip Search to Hold Viewing Party Tonight in Tempe, Episodes Available Online Tomorrow
Wanna interact with some local exotic dancers without needing a fistful of cash? Strip Search, the locally produced reality show focusing on a group of Valley ecdysiasts and adult entertainers, is screening its pilot episode tonight in Tempe and a number of its cast members will be present.
Benjamin Leatherman An attendee of the Strip Search casting call last summer.
The viewing party, which will take place at Mill Avenue's School of Rock, will also serve as a kickoff to Strip Search's first season, which the show's producers told Jackalope Ranch will be available only online, at least for the moment.
Benjamin Leatherman Some of the attendees of the Strip Search casting call last summer.
According to Strip Search producer Fat Hendrick, episodes of the reality show will be available starting Wednesday via the website stripsearchtv.com. Segments and teasers from each episode will be viewable for free, while entire episodes can be purchased and downloaded for $1.99 each. (The program also will be available via iTunes.)
Hendrick says that producers chose to take the show online after they weren't able to broker a deal with any TV networks or studios to air Strip Search.
A casting call was held last summer at local venue Stratus (see the photos from the event) that was attended by hundreds of Valley strippers. A pilot episode of the reality show, which involves a dozen or so dancers living at a Phoenix mansion and hanging out at local nightclubs, was filmed in the weeks that followed.
Armed with the episode and other footage, Hendrick and others behind the scenes of the show traveled to Hollywood but "didn't find a deal to their liking."
"It's really risky taking the show online," Hendricks says. "But there wasn't a ton of [networks] that were willing to give us what we wanted to make the show happen."
There were some interested parties, he claims, but the Strip Search crew wasn't satisfied with what they were offering.