I love that television now has a summer season. Something to entertain and distract me from fretting too much over the latest season cliffhanger for Bones. Back in April, I attended the Discovery Communications Upfront and had the opportunity to preview what all their different channels’ offerings would be for the upcoming summer, fall and 2011 seasons. I was immediately taken by the adorableness that was The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Just a two minute preview of them and their show and I was seriously hoping that it would go on to huge success. I think it will, it just has that feeling about it. This from someone who never watches reality television.
A fish-out-of water comedy on the relatively new Planet Green Channel, The Fabulous Beekman Boys (premiering June 16, at 9PM EST) is about Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge, a couple from Manhattan, who find a farm while on an apple picking excursion in upstate New York, immediately fall in love with it, purchase it and start the eco-friendly business Beekman 1802 – specializing in products like Goat Milk Soap and Beekman Blaak Cheese. Beekman 1802 products are made exclusively and organically on their farm. The show follows their trials as they adjust to farm life and attempt to run the place with the help of Farmer John, a local who lands a job with them after describing his down-on-his-luck story in a handwritten note which he leaves in their mailbox, neighbors, and advice googled on the internet. I previewed the first two episodes, and while at 21 minutes you only get a little peek into their lives, it is enough to be charmed by them, worry about the success of their relationship in the midst of all the chaos, and root for them to realize their dreams – and of course it would seem they have done just that.
Last Wednesday, I attended the launch party held for the The Beekman Boys appropriately at Jean-Georges new “farm-to-table” restaurant, ABC Kitchen, located in the East Village. They had quite a spread and I very much enjoyed sampling the yummies made with the Beekman Blaak cheese – the spinach topped pizza and the bacon quiche were my faves- saying hi to Gloria Reuben and chatting with Isabella Rosellini with my new friend Jameson.
Later in the evening Allie from Hist Fic Chick joined me at the event and we spent a lovely time chatting with Alison Rudnick, the Director of Corporate Communications and Amber Haris, Manager of Digital Communications at Discovery. I hate that Gayle wasn’t able to join us, but thankfully we got to spend the afternoon together at Book Expo America, so I did get to spend some time with her!
To wrap up the evening and put that little cherry on top, Allie, Jameson and I spent a few minutes chatting with Josh Kilmer-Purcell one of the stars of The Fabulous Beekman Boys and the author of The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir. I think we were all prepared to have to explain to Josh just what bloggers were, but he surprised us when he jumped right into the conversation with just how instrumental Myspace (back in the day) and social marketing had been in the sales of first book. You can read more of his thoughts on social marketing in the comments of my cheekily titled post “Are Books Originally Published in Trade Paperback Lesser Books?”. We also chatted a bit about his book and his giving his Thanksgiving Turkey shots of vodka to ease the pain of her death. I think he needed to take some shots as well!
All in all it was a wonderful night. I managed to sneak in quite a few of my favorite things – good food, drink and conversation, and even some bookish talk.
And just a little FYI – I am about half way through The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, and I am really loving it. Jill from Fizzy Thoughts enjoyed it quite a bit as well, and Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness is looking forward to it. Just saying.