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Reality shows vying for Southie’s attention

TV bids abound but not all welcome the glare

On a warm afternoon last week, Maura Gavaghan stood at Castle Island, a tripod sticking out from a bag on her shoulder, her eyes scanning the faces lined up for hot dogs at Sullivan’s. She had come to South Boston to scout talent for a reality television show that she is hoping to develop for Viacom, which owns VH1 and MTV. She’s calling it “Dirty Water: The Real South Boston.’’

There has been a lot of talk about the “real’’ South Boston lately, and a lot of reality show producers combing the neighborhood claiming they are the ones that are going to reveal it.

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