Mother-daughter stripper team trying TV
Peggy Justus, says she's had the concept for the show, Stripper for a Day, for several years, but that in the down economy the strip club has been slow and she's now trying to launch a new career.
"I'm looking for an opportunity to retire from the Mons Venus ... But I want to stay in the business," she says. The pilot will feature a unnamed woman who works at Clearwater's Tech Data who learns the ropes of stripping. Production costs have run around $15,000, which is on the low end for a TV pilot.
Justus is working with the same production outfit that's producing No Average Joe: The Story of Joe Redner, a movie about the owner of the Mons. Redner hasn't invested in Justus's production, but is letting her use the Mons' branding in exchange for a percentage cut in any profits.
Justus won't let us see the pilot, which also features her daughter Tiffany Schrader, until she's ready to pitch it to studio execs (there's a trailer on her site). She hopes to send the pilot off to to VH1, HBO and possibly MTV starting at the end of September. She promises it won't contain any nudity.
"We do it with taste and respect, just like at the club," she says.
Her back-up plan if there's no takers? You can sign up for personal lessons to help fulfill the fantasies of a special man in your life. A cartoon and comic book are also in the works. Who wouldn't want their kids seeing those?— Brendan Watson, tampabay.com
[Photo: That's Peggy in the foreground, and Tiffany at the pole. tbt* files]