Desperate Scousewives and Mersey Shore go head to head

Liverpool-based reality shows 'Desperate Scousewives' and 'Mersey Shore' are to go head-to-head in the autumn ratings

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The Geordie Shore cast

Geordie Shore has proved to be a huge hit for MTV

Liverpool-based reality shows 'Desperate Scousewives' and 'Mersey Shore' are to go head-to-head.

E4 will screen 'Desperate Scousewives' - based on fictional US series 'Desperate Housewives' - later in the year, and will document the lives of a number of wealthy women who spend their days sitting in champagne bars and being pampered in beauty salons.

Meanwhile, MTV's 'Mersey Shore' - a spin-off of US show 'Jersey Shore' and outrageous Newcastle-based series 'Geordie Shore - will capture the rants, raves and romps of a group of mouthy 20-somethings living together in a big house in the city.

However, the two broadcasters have reportedly already clashed over casting and locations.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "Liverpool is a great city but there are only a handful of really top locations that production companies would want to use. Naturally, each company wants to exclusive so there's a war being waged on the streets. And it's not just locations.

"Casting bosses are trying to find their best group of wannabes. But yet again, their paths are crossing. It's a mad race against time to secure the best location and the best cast. It seems Liverpool just isn't big enough for the both of them."

With both shows being lined up to go head-to-head in the autumn ratings, it is thought TV chiefs are hoping to get filming underway later this summer.

'Mersey Shore' bosses are said to be desperate to sign up Eton Road singer Anthony Hannah and former 'Hollyoaks' star Candy McCulloch - as well as two of footballer Wayne Rooney's cousins, cross-dresser Stephen Rooney and glamour model Natalie Rooney, to appear on the MTV show.

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