New FOX Reality Series UTOPIA Casting Survivalis​t Experts

Dear MD,

My name is Gretchen Miller and I am working with Fox TV to cast a new series called Utopia. It’s a new experiment in reality television. The show is created by John de Mol (“Big Brother,” “Deal Or No Deal,” “Fear Factor,” “The Voice”), who will also executive-produce.

UTOPIA is a bold new unscripted series that moves 15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization.

With cameras following the pioneers 24/7, viewers can watch their society unfold, both weekly on FOX and also online. As they observe the inhabitants living together, and building their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream

We are looking for those strong individuals who will create this new world on live television to see if they have what it takes to work together and create a new society from scratch.

I would really like to get you or someone like you who is a survivalist expert. I need a person who has the ability to live off the land, work with the surrounding environment and who is prepared for anything that may happen. I read your bio on your blog and really like how you present yourself. Please let me know if you or anyone else you may know is interested. Feel free to pass this email along to others.

Please check out the show’s website at For anyone interested in applying they can go to and fill out the questionnaire or contact me directly. I have also attached our flyer and a casting notice along with a press release.

My contact information is below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Gretchen Miller The Conlin [email protected]

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. Say yes. ANYWAY they will do it, so you could gain profit from the medias’s biased viewpoint, for a change.

  2. Yep, just like Doomsday Preppers… Remember how that turned out for those who were stupid enough to go on that show? OPSEC!

  3. I’ve already told them that I was not interested – I posted the email just in case one of you are interested…

    • Brearbear says:

      …no time for blog or working on your land…
      …make a clown out you potentially. They are in it for them selves commercial/rating $. (look how they made the “doomsday preppers out to be).


      • Tactical G-Ma says:

        You would totally kick butt if you were on this show.
        That being said, thank you for staying with the pack.
        But, if they paid well, you could probably buy some awesome preps.
        I’m sure it was a tough decision.

    • MD, good you turned them down. they would expose folks that do not want exposure and make the people on the program look stupid.

  4. Be more useful if they did it with one of the more organized retreat groups. If they are randomly throwing strangers together… well, that means they just want the entertainment of watching folks fight.

    • I doubt it’ll be random strangers, altho they may be strangers. Who says some couple or perhaps a small family sign up? But whoever signs up will be vetted. & I’m guessing they’ll look for people who can work as part of a team or group, w/ a few individualistic-types included for entertainment purposes.
      Not sure about other reality shows, but the contestants on Survivor are vetted to a limited extent. But the shows producers cannot predict how people will behave once they’re put together in an isolated location.

      • JeffintheWest says:

        I’m guessing they’ll be vetted all right — but NOT to make sure they can work with others. Probably the reverse. These shows live or die on interpersonal conflict, so they will try for as wide a variation among people as they can possibly get in order to sow the seeds of conflict. They will then work to exacerbate those differences in an effort to ensure lots of conflict between the participants. They’ll also be looking for certain “stereotypes” in order to reinforce public perceptions of “preppers” and “survivalists” as dangerous whack jobs.

  5. Tomthetinker says:

    Waddayathink … that these producers will construct the most conflicted cast of characters possible .. well … maybe .. short of serial killers and sociopaths. This will be a ‘Cast’ of fools designed to cause the maximum amount of conflict .. ergo failure. Would I watch it…….. Hell Yes!

  6. Nancy V. says:

    Interestingly, I was on Facebook today (family stuff) and a friend sent me a link about the Conlin Company wanting to advertise through the Fredericksburg VA Farmers Market –

    Looks like they want farmers to promote THEIR casting call for the show. FYI

    To whom it may concern,

    I am a casting producer with The Conlin Company and we are currently casting for a new prime-time Fox television show, from the creator of The Voice and Big Brother, to name a few.

    We are on a national search for farmers for this show, and I was wondering if you could promote our casting call among members of your association via either your website, newsletter, social media page, etc.? It would be highly appreciated!

    I will be getting the approved flyers/ads for the show from Fox in the next couple of days and could forward them to you for your review and to possibly post/pass along.

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me any time at (310) 313-9100, or email [email protected]. I would love to hear from you!

    Thank you!

    DANA BOTTE-ASADI | Casting Producer / Development
    The Conlin Company
    6700 S. Centinela Avenue, 1st Floor | Culver City | CA 90230
    O 310-313-9100 x113 | M 818-917-8038 | [email protected]

    • Maybe they’re looking for a couple farmers or people w/ farm backgrounds.

      • Looks like they are trying to get a few people that can feed the group for a year. Wonder where they are going to get their first 6-9 months of food before the first crop? Raid a few preppers?

  7. Aside from the obvious OPSEC and distruction of your Reputation, the concept of a communal Utopia sounds like a 60’s commune concept to me. Give up your individualism for the good of the community as a whole. ie Communism.

  8. Hunker-Down says:

    Miss Miller,

    Perhaps Nancy P., Harry R., J. Biden, A. Sharpton, H. Clinton, J. Jackson, the current and prior mayors of N.Y. and Chicago would team up and demonstrate for us how to behave in your utopian environment.

  9. Now THAT, I would pay to see.

  10. tommy2rs says:

    Just what the country needs, yet another stupid reality show to help dumb down the idiocracy. Thankfully I have no TV service.

    • Michael says:

      No one better to judge the quality of TV shows than someone with no TV service.

  11. I just wonder what type of person they are going to cast. I mean, who can afford to just up and walk away from life for a year. I seriously doubt the producers are going to let any of these people take their preps with them.

  12. This will be just like every other reality show. It will be designed to pit the “pioneers” against one another just so that on the off chance they all get along the required drama will be present. If everyone gets along and if the built in back stabbing does not work then the network will resort to scripting the show just like “Lizard Lick Towing” or “Storage Wars” or “Axe Men”.
    If there is no Drama and back stabbing then it just wont sell. this is what our society has become.


  13. Another reason I am glad I don’t watch tv .

  14. I and a friend actually applied to be part of the Colonial House series on PBS. I was glad we did not get chosen once I saw the series. It was the same, they just wanted to see people infighting.

  15. patientmomma says:

    IMHO, it’s a setup. The HLS folks would be stalking the “experts” and knock them off at the first opportunity.

  16. mindful patriot says:

    Me? On a survivalist show?


  17. Heck, we’ve already seen M.D. build up his own “community”, and followed along as he moved from his last location to where he’s living now, and all he’s done with it in the meantime.
    I agree with patientmomma. Something don’t seem right about this, and I can’t imagine anything unscripted on TV.

    OTOH, I’m kinda proud they’ve reached out to ‘our’ M.D.

    • Yea, it’s unscripted but they will edit the hell out of the footage to make people look like fools. I am not sure there is an honest person in Hollywood. They all worship the gods of money and fame.

  18. Chuck Findlay says:

    I see a few people go on these shows that have something to sell and they hope the exposure will lead to more sales.

    It may do this, but it has a much more dangerous downside in that you let the world at-large know who you are, where you are and what plans you made, how much food you have and how many guns & ammo you have. How an otherwise aware and in smart person can’t see the danger in doing this is beyond understanding. Also you tell the government what you are doing, this is the most dangerous part of any of these shows. And only a fool would think the government is not watching and taking names.

    All you have to do is to do some searching to see how it has worked for the Doomsday Prepper people to see the foolishness of going on TV.


  19. hvaczach says:

    Part of me would want to say yes just because I would want to show the world we arn’t just a bunch of dumb-ass backwards nut-jobs, but then again maybe I am just a dumb-ass backwards nut-job! Regardless my wife loves me, loves me go away for a year and leave me with three little boy’s trying to prove you are not a dumb-ass, back-wards nut-job, and expect me to still be here! What the hell are you some kind of dumb-ass, back-wards, nut-job! Well that’s how I see the conversation going anyways.

  20. Anybody watch ” Pioneer Family ” ? it was pretty interesting , they took 3 families from the city to live like people did in the 1800’s , each on a homestead in Montana . They spent a few months living like that , and some of the people didnt want to leave , to go back to all the bullshit of modern life . Others couldnt leave fast enough , most of those were women , main reason was no variation in work , the men on the other hand , had to do several different things ……so they didnt feel the rut that the females did .

  21. Donna in MN says:

    It is a show that wants sensationalism. Real survivalists are too busy stocking up and preparing for the real disaster to come.

    Average people? Good luck with that, ought to be interesting picking the prettiest young girls and young muscle men for the show because that’s what their audience will be made up of.

  22. Millie in KY says:

    I agree, it’s all about the drama. The show with the island, whose name escapes me was it Survivor? Where people got voted off the island and the winner got $100,000 or something like that? it set the stage for this kind of “reality” show. It’s the mix of personalities and drama that people want. Dancing with the stars, the Voice, American Idol, are all softer competitions, not so cut throat but it’s still there. So now everyone is looking to jump on the bandwagon and get out these shows. Shoot, there is even a tattoo show that I actually like (not into tattoos but like the show) where they bring in about 20 artists and set them different challenges, competitor A is paired with B, they have a small disagreement and the cameras prey on this and milk it dry. I’m sure this will be somewhat the same, waiting for the natural leader to take over, having a rival leader, someone will hook up with someone else and maybe get pregnant, someone will lose their temper and stalk off the show. Oh, heck, yeah, I’ll watch it for fun. But my thought has always been to not get involved in drama. I don’t like it in my life, but I like watching it to a certain degree….. but would rather stand on the outer edge watching the cat fight! 🙂

  23. k. fields says:

    I just read about this Dutch TV series (that the Fox series is based on) in an issue of Volkskrant. The series began in January and airs 5 evenings a week there.

    John De Mol described his new show UTOPIA as a “social experiment”, in which 15 participants are cut off from the outside world for a year and largely left to their own devices “to build a new society”.
    They are given a shed, two cows, chickens, some personal possessions and land to cultivate before being mostly left alone — apart from being watched by around 100 cameras recording their every move.

    If the group, in a short space of time creates a harmonious, well-functioning society, (according to the article) the series may well flop. But if there is chaos, fights and drama… it will be jackpot.

    The report also stated that some of the women involved will pose in the May edition of Playboy. Yeah, they’re just everyday people.

  24. MD
    You were wise to say thanks for the offer, but NO Thanks.

  25. Chuck Findlay says:

    (The report also stated that some of the women involved will pose in the May edition of Playboy. Yeah, they’re just everyday people.)

    Actually they probably are ordinary people, when you point a camera at a person and start filming it makes them do crazy things they would never normally do. Cameras change everyone, the way to avoid this is to not get in front of a camera.

    Real survival is boring to a TV network. Watering a garden, repairing a broken fence, doing a break job on your truck, canning tomatoes, and 1,000s other things real preppers do just won’t make the WOW factor for today’s TV viewer that has the attention span of a 4-year old and honestly not that much smarter then said 4-year old.

    Also preppers are not crazy like portrayed on TV. Those TV preppers are doing things for the camera that in normal life they would never do.


  26. Oldalaskan says:

    Don’t do it folks. Bad vibes.

  27. Jersey Drifter says:

    It’s a government plan to learn how they can mess with prepper groups and get them to become non-functional. First see what rips them apart, then infiltrate. Go to their meeting, join their group, cause to group to fall apart.

    Just my conspiracy theory.

    • Jersey Drifter says:

      I have to stop posting so late at night when I am tired. I make no sense what so ever.

  28. Petticoat Prepper says:

    I would imagine they’d get couples and singles that are running out of unemployment. There’s got to be a ‘prize’ at the end to entice everyone with. I’d watch maybe the first show but I get bored with this type of program. An entire year? That’s a long time watching the corn grow…..

  29. axelsteve says:

    kinda hard to be grey or have op sec while on tv. They will turn it into a Jerry Springer of the wilderness anyway.

  30. I think ya’ll are barkin’ up the wrong tree here.

  31. For those that might consider doing this…think about just “how” you could be or will be portrayed. Depending on just “who” does or is in charge of the “editing”…the ‘cast’ of this ‘reality’ show could be portrayed as nothing more than people with tin hats that are on too tight. On the other hand people might be portrayed as the modern day “pilgrims”…creating a society from basically nothing…
    In any case…I wouldn’t trust ANY of the “media outlets” to portray the truth…they WILL more than likely…try to add things to “spice it up” a bit. You know, ‘romance’ with cheating, betrayal to the “cause”, etc. The American audience will want sex and violence or other such stuff to watch.

  32. In Holland (The Netherlands) this ‘show’ is now running for 3 months. Hell yeah it IS SCRIPTED! Has nothing to do with building up a new society from scratch. Just another RLS with ego’s, backstabbing and verbal fighting. From the 15 people over there, only about 5 are really trying to make a honest effort. A lot of people are turning their backs to the show now. We can also follow livestreams on internet but the streamlocks are building up because of footage that came out that prooves that it is scripted. So now, whenever something interesting comes up, it gives a streamlock for minutes. There is a small time delay so they can manipulate in time.

  33. thatwontbenecessary says:

    Live streaming…volkskrant? emails from the shows producers! Thanks for sharing 🙂 great leads, honest opinions thanks everybody! I am looking into trying out for this show but I have had a trick of a time finding out anything… until now. Hope for the best and expect the worst… keep doing what you do, Lord knows the human race will need somebody prepared to survive to keep our species kicking!

  34. Andrea Y says:

    Do you get any type of payment once you are casted to the show?

  35. Did you ever get an answer to this question?

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