Discovery casting The Colony’s second season, want “mad scientist,” MMA “enthusiast”

Discovery’s post-apocalyptic reality show The Colony is casting for a second season.

The casting notice is being posted around the web, and says producers wants you to apply “If you understand the science of survival, if you have a skill that would help you and others survive after a catastrophe, if you are ambitious, motivated, resourceful under pressure and willing to un-tap your personal ingenuity.”

They’re looking for specific people, too, like “a mixed martial arts enthusiast,” “cafeteria workers,” and a “mad scientist.” The latter is according to John Cohn, who was on the first season and wrote that Discovery “asked me to help find the perfect mad scientist type.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.