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Showtime Series on First Black TV Model on a Major TV Game Show, in Development

Showtime Series on First Black TV Model on a Major TV Game Show, in Development

Producer Debra Martin Chase and author/screenwriter/playwright Delia Ephron are teaming up for a half-hour comedy series that will air on Showtime, titled “36-24-36,” which will be based on the life story of the first permanent black TV model to be featured on a major game show in 1990 – Kathleen JoAnn Bradley, primarily known as a “Barker’s Beauty” on the long-running daytime game show “The Price Is Right,” from 1990 to 2000. 

The series will tackle the celebrity, glamour, sexual harassment, racism, misogyny, homophobia, bulimia and job insecurity that “Barker’s Beauties” had to endure while helping to make “The Price Is Right” the No. 1 game show on TV in the 1990’s.

Bradley, who will serve as a consultant on the potential series, was released from her modeling duties on “The Price Is Right” in October 2000 (along with another model), after testifying in a lawsuit against host Bob Barker, who had sued model Holly Hallstrom (also one of “Barker’s Beauties”) for slander and defamation of character, after she refused to go along with his plan to sully the reputation of another model who had sued Barker for sexual harassment. Barker lost his suit against Hallstrom and afterward fired Bradley along with model Janice Pennington, and other show staffers, whose testimony contradicted his. Hallstrom countersued Barker for age, weight and medical discrimination, wrongful termination and malicious prosecution. She would eventually win, receiving a multi-million dollar settlement.

Apparently the series will focus on Kathleen Bradley, but the above other stories of the other models will also be incorporated.

In June 2014, Bradley released her memoirs, “Backstage at ‘The Price Is Right’ – Memoirs of a Barker Beauty.” 

Charles Pugliese of Martin Chase Productions serves as producer on “36-24-36.”

Other projects in the works at Martin Chase Productions include a partnering up with Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions to bring a new courtroom drama to ABC, which will center on a powerful female attorney, inspired by the life of Kym Worthy, the prosecutor of Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan, who happens to be only the second black African American to serve in that position. Also, there’s a new BET scripted series titled “Zoe Ever After,” starring Brandy Norwood – a romantic comedy that centers on a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (to be played by Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex, and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

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