On the heels of a classic April 1 blog post on The Core, busting out the “news” that “Dan’l to Star in New Hit Reality TV Show with Karaoke Twist,” I almost hesitate to mention another reality-TV themed note that also arrived in my inbox April 1. However, this one - from all appearances - is real.
Here is the text of the note:
My name is Suzanne, and I am working on a new series for Fox Television called Utopia. This series will follow a group of 15 people as they work together to create a new society of their choosing. We will film them 24 hours a day for up to a year.
I am trying to find people who would love the challenge of creating an entirely new society. I am also looking for people who are growing produce and working with the land. Actually, I am looking for all kinds of life experiences and skill sets, but I thought I would limit them because of who your audience is.
I would love to get the word out to people. I think this is a unique opportunity for people who’ve always wanted to do something like this.
I was hoping you could post my flyer to your blog and any social media pages you have. People can contact the site on the flyer or contact me at this address - firstname.lastname@example.org
I am attaching a flyer and press release. I hope you will help put the word out - I thank you in advance for your help! Please call me with any questions!
The Conlin Company www.theconlincompany.com
There is media coverage beginning to percolate about the show, with a report of a casting call for the third week of April in Vermont.
The show’s website has more info on the show and the casting process.
Here is the text from the flyer:
FOX CHALLENGES PARTICIPANTS TO CREATE A PERFECT “UTOPIA,” IN BOLD NEW UNSCRIPTED SOCIAL EXPERIMENT
Ambitious Project Created and Executive-Produced by John de Mol
To Air on FOX and Online
Can a perfect world be created? From unscripted mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, UTOPIA is a bold new unscripted series that moves a group of everyday people to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization.