Locals featured on reality show pilot
TUPPER LAKE – Local real estate broker Jim LaValley will appear on the pilot of a reality TV show tonight on TLC.
The show is called “Surreal Estate,” and it is set to debut at 10 p.m. today.
In one of the segments on the show, LaValley appears with Tim Coughlin and Shon Parker, showing them a missile silo home in Saranac. The home is one of four unique properties for sale across the country showcased in the pilot.
Producers asked LaValley if he was interested in appearing, and if he knew anyone who would be interested in viewing a unique property – preferably people who had ties to the North Country but no longer live here and who are comfortable on camera.
LaValley said the first people he thought of were Coughlin and Shon Parker, who lived in Tupper Lake in 2012.
“I know them very well, and the producers loved that they were interior designers,” LaValley said in the release. “The three of us went through an interview process, and they were very excited at the outcome.”
The segment was filmed over two days in April, and LaValley said he expects it to be about 15 minutes long. Coughlin said in the press release that the show will focus on what the couple would do with the home if they were to purchase it.
The couple said in an email that their dog, Bailey Creem, will likely be the star of the show.
Producers wanted to delve into Couglin’s background, so the segment is also expected to give viewers a look at several Malone-area locations: Coughlin’s childhood home, Titus Mountain Ski Area and Village Furniture.
Coughlin and Parker are interior designers for Shon Park Design Inc., based in Atlanta, and they do design work in the Adirondacks. Their credits include the Lake Placid Lodge and the 2011 Snowball, an event held to raise money to run the Big Tupper Ski Area when it was being operated on a nonprofit basis.
LaValley said in the press release that producers also wanted to hear about the Adirondack Club and Resort, a large-scale development planned for Big Tupper and the land around it, so the show will likely touch on that topic as well.
The one-hour show is produced by Eric Schotz, president and CEO of LMNO Productions, a nine-time Emmy Award winner.
The Callifornia-based production company contacted LaValley in February. LaValley said in a press release that he thought it was a joke at first because he had been working with Paramount Pictures as it filmed part of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the Big Tupper Ski Area.
“In fact, the two were totally unrelated, and they found my information online,” LaValley said in the release.
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