What could be better than a million dollar listing?
A bajillion dollar listing, duh. And Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, a loose parody of Bravo’s reality show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, satirizes the cutthroat competition among L.A.’s most successful luxury brokers.
Streaming exclusively on Seeso, NBC Universal’s comedy subscription web service, Bajillion pokes fun at L.A. real estate’s most vapid and over-the-top. The three real-life brokers featured on MDLLA are all, in some way or another, reflected in Bajillion’s five main characters working for the fictitious firm Platinum Real Estate.
The Agency’s David Parnes and James Harris, for example, are fictionalized as Andrew Wright and Baxter Reynolds, who — like their real-life counterparts — were in rehab together. However, unlike their real-life counterparts, Wright and Harris only met there because they drunkenly crashed their cars into the center and subsequently enrolled.
In another scene that parallels a MDL trope, a broker named Chelsea Leight-Leigh (pronounced “Chelsea Lately”) pulls into the driveway of a prospective listing to find another broker has poached her client.
But the bulk of Bajillion’s storylines are original, and the jokes are certainly unpredictable. The first episode features Adam Scott as a B-list celebrity, who is only capable of interacting with his brokers when intoxicated. There’s also Dean Rosedragon as Paul F. Tompkins, the comically sinister mogul behind Platinum Real Estate.
Even though it’s a parody, parts of Bajillion are unscripted, just like the series it’s mocking. — Cathaleen Chen