Kyle Richards Talks Casting Issues For New TV Show Based on Her Childhood

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Kyle Richards’ new family comedy based on life growing up with her mom and sisters, Kim Richards and Kathy Hilton, is one step closer to becoming a reality. Pardon the pun, this new show isn’t a reality show – it’s a scripted single-camera comedy that has yet to be given a title – but could soon be on television for our viewing pleasure.

So what is single camera? Exactly that. One camera does all the work. Think of The Office, 30 Rock, and Modern Family. TV Land confirmed earlier this month that a pilot will be filmed for the series, and based on that, executives at TV Land can order more episodes or pass on the project.

READ: Inside Kim & Kyle Richards’ Nightmare Childhood – Booze Guzzling, Controlling Stage Mom

So what has been the most difficult part of this process for Kyle? If you thought dealing with the backlash from her sisters, you’d be wrong. According to Kyle, casting her younger self and her mom have been the toughest.

“You know what, that’s really hard [to find who will be playing me]. That’s not as hard as picking my mom,” Kyle told Bravo’s Daily Dish. “It’s going to have to be a child that’s mature for their age and can handle the role. It’s a lot harder than casting a regular script.”

Never the less, the star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is enjoying the process.

“I’m really excited. It feels surreal because right now we’re starting the casting process. I’ve only ever been the one walking in to the casting office being auditioned, so now the fact that I am going to be on the other end of it is crazy. I actually feel so bad for the actors because I know what a painful process that can be. So I think ‘Oh my god, it’s going to be so hard for me to watch’ because I know how they’re feeling.”

Kyle credits her “incredible team” for helping her through the crash-course on being behind the camera instead of in front. The executive producers are John Wells (Shameless, ER, The West Wing) and John Riggi (The Comeback, 30 Rock, Will & Grace).

“I mean it’s just starting now, but even the whole process of getting the project made and getting it this far has been a learning process for me, so it’s really exciting. I mean I’ve been in television the majority of my life starting at 3, 4 years old, so I’ve always been in front of the camera. But it’s amazing to know how little I knew about behind the camera, so it’s been a great education for me and very fun.”

Will Kyle make any cameo appearances of the show? She said, “I don’t know. I’ve thought about that, but the truth is right now I’m just going to be behind the camera but you never know.”


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