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 Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.