New show: “Utopia”
When: 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox, then a regular schedule of Tuesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.
Cast: 14 “real” people from across the United States, include Chris Tuorto of Cary.
Premise: It’s “Big Brother” on steroids with no Julie Chen. “Utopia” recently placed 14 diverse, reality-TV-ready folks on a remote camp in California and challenged them to create their own society in the next year. Twice a week on TV (or more online if you’re really interested), you’ll be able to see how it’s going.
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Best-case scenario? This will be a fascinating social experiment. Worst-case scenario? A real version of that awful old Pauly Shore movie, “Bio-Dome.” (Look it up. No, on second thought, don’t.)
Tuorto, a 25-year-old glass blower and chili farmer (yes, really) from Cary, is one of the participants. He lists his skill set as “skateboarding, surfing, shredding and guitar playing.” Hmm, maybe that will come in handy in starting a society?
Unlike on “Survivor” or “Big Brother,” the Utopians (or “pioneers” as the show calls them) aren’t really playing for a prize. But they could face elimination once a month – if the show lasts that long.
In addition to Tuorto, other participants to watch for include Dedecker Winston, who is in a “polyamorous relationship;” Red Vanwinkle, a Kentucky moonshiner; Dave Green, a homeless man from New York; and Bella Chartrand, a “survivalist prepper” from Georgia. My money’s on her.