In an attempt to secure the youth vote in the upcoming election, Councilor-at-Large Konstantina Lukes has announced a new reality television program on Channel 3 in Worcester.
“The Lukes of Hazzard” will air weekly and will take audiences behind the scenes as the candidate and her family prepare for and execute the city’s heated mayoral race.
“It’s going to be like “Hard Knocks” meets “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” Lukes proclaimed at a recent press conference downtown. “But in the 5-0-8,” she added, twisting her hands unsuccessfully to create the three numbers with her fingers.
Lukes, who is seeking her second (non-consecutive) term as Worcester’s Mayor, assured her fans that despite the show’s various influences, it will be unique.
“Oh she’ll have her own flare,” she asserted, referring to the show itself. “She’ll know just what to do.”
Episode topics for the show reportedly range from Lukes’ legislative inquiry into oversight and regulations around the city’s sober houses, including information and the voluntary certification and permit requirements for operation of said establishments to her tenacity around the specification of out-of-city social justice coalitions, their status in the city of Worcester, and (citing the potential tax implications) their identification in regards to Worcester’s various non-profits, social service agencies, and tax-exempt institutions.
“Oooh shit!” Lukes commented upon viewing the trailer with a group of community organizers and volunteers. “This is gonna be off the hook!”
Television critics are skeptical of the show’s success, citing subject matter and intended audience as possible factors.
“I’m not confident that there’s enough material there,” said Kris Toh of the Telegram & Gazette’s entertainment section. “Or that what is there is compelling enough for the modern viewer.”
“People want to see how the sausage gets made, bro!” Lukes refuted, turning her nondescript mesh baseball cap to the side and crossing her arms.
Councilor Lukes, who is also kept busy as the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Traffic & Parking, has responded to most premature criticism with teasers of the upcoming “thrills and chills” that her show is bound to bring.
“Sometimes things aren’t so dull in traffic and parking,” she told reporters excitedly. “Let’s just say this: in one of the episodes, we go all in on the conversation around ride-share services vis-a-vis meter distance regulation and the citywide budgetary implications of increased parking ticket contrasted with decreased use of meter quarters, especially in the context of the recent installation of credit card readers around universities, and throughout downtown and universities. It’ll be dope.”
“Who’s even watching this?” Mayor Joseph Petty posited in a recent interview outside City Hall, scoffing at an advertisement for the show on a passing bus. “Other than the meter episode, and the one where she finds out the Gaffneys dropped out of the City Council race, I doubt I’ll even watch the episodes I’ve DVR’d.”
The show will air after Worcester News Tonight every Wednesday evening, followed by a brand new Lukes of Hazzard recap program, “Rebukes of Hazzard with Kevin Shea”.