Watch Utopia’s trailer: Paradise Hotel + Big Brother + Truman Show

On Monday at its upfront presentation, Fox unveiled the trailer for its new “social experiment” reality series, which will air this fall two nights a week: on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m., where it will compete directly against Shark Tank.

The trailer doesn’t contain any footage from the show that will air this fall because it is still casting. I confirmed that with a Fox representative, who noted that some of its footage comes from the Netherlands’ version.

While the description sounded like Survivor meets Big Brother with some Kid Nation thrown in, the trailer makes it seem like it will be more like Paradise Hotel (and/or Forever Eden, the show that was supposed to air indefinitely but lasted just seven episodes). The presentation also reminds me a lot of the The Truman Show’s opening sequence–that is, of the show-within-the-movie, not the movie itself, where the announcer says, “coming to you now from the largest studio ever constructed!”

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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