We’ve been keeping our eyes finely attuned to Fox’s upcoming/absolutely insane-sounding reality project, Utopia, for awhile now. Ever since the series was first picked up by the network, it’s piqued our interest in an “oh, this sounds like an epic humanity disaster waiting to happen” sort of way. Maybe we just have a little bit less hope for our fellow humans than the series’ intrepid audition to be a pioneer, though. Because this all looks mental.
From the reality-focused mind of John de Mol — producer of The Voice, Big Brother, and a slew of other series akin to those — Utopia is not a new concept or idea. At all. The show was originally crafted for the Netherlands, where over 5,500 people tried out to start their own brave new world. Call us cynical if you must, but something tells us those kooky Dutch folk are likely to be way more successful at this than us run-of-the-mill American types. Especially when those 15 everyday Americans are forced into an isolated, undeveloped location — kept away from family and friends, and a regular source of food, according to the trailer — for an entire year. All of that sounds like a recipe for disaster of USA!USA!USA! proportions rather than some sort of elevated, perfect society. But I suppose that’s the fun of reality TV, innit?
Should we all start taking bets on who’s going to go all Lord of the Flies first? Which person’s going to be the series’ initial quitter? Maybe even a scorecard for sexual dalliances (because, I mean, c’mon, right)? Let us know in the comments.
Utopia premieres this fall on Fox.