Television: Beach-Blanket Verite

Reality mini-series The Hamptons follows the rich and not-so-rich around New York's Riviera

If you wanted to make a TV show about the Hamptons, the seaside Long Island, N.Y., enclave that hosts Manhattan's rich and sybaritic every summer, you might call Dynasty's Aaron Spelling, Sex and the City's Darren Star or whoever produces Wild On for the E! network. You probably wouldn't call Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple, known for her socially conscious films about coal miners and meat-packers, unless the show involved unionizing the caterers and polo-horse grooms.

But when Kopple, 55, was approached to memorialize the Hamptons summer of 2001 for ABC, she was so enthusiastic that she trooped out to the shore...

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