Nudist colony show (publicity stunt?) online auditions, episodes will be nudity-free

The search for seven people under the age of 35 who want to spend time naked at a nudist colony for a new reality show Nak’d Truth–which seems more like a publicity stunt right now than anything else–will occur online, but although prospective cast members will be required to strip, that won’t be shown online, because apparently someone thinks there’s another reason why people would watch.

While viewers “will get to vote on who they’d like to see on the show when the auditions take place Nov. 13 and 14 at the” Caliente Club and Resort (its web site has nudity and plays the theme to the slasher film Halloween for some reason). The St. Petersburg Times reports that “candidates will be asked to take off their clothes, but the Internet feed of this part of the process will be restricted to audio.” The paper notes that once on the show, “the cast must remain nude the entire month, but crews will shoot creatively and blur private body parts before the programs air.”

While the paper’s report says the production company is Atlantic Overseas Pictures, Inc., I’m unfamiliar with its reality TV work, and that company has no credits on IMDB. In addition, the paper’s report says “[a]dvertisers interested in branding their products and services alongside the online casting and eventually the show may e-mail inquiries,” which means the newspaper is doing the work of producers and soliciting sponsors.

News reports of the casting call earlier this month generally failed to mention that this show doesn’t yet have a network and is being promoted by the resort’s marketing department, and thus right now seems more like a publicity stunt than anything else. The full casting call on its web site even says that the resort itself “is casting for the ultimate reality show,” and notes that those cast will have to spend a weekend filming “the ‘sizzle reel’ or ‘pilot’ show.”

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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.