Utopia executive producer Jon Kroll first met Dan Piraro, creator of the subversive comic strip Bizarro, a few years ago at San Diego's Comic-Con International. The two hit it off, and even developed a TV pilot together for the Travel Channel. That show never made it to air, and Piraro gave up on his TV dreams.
This fall, Fox's new experimental reality Utopia will drop 15 strangers in a remote location for a year, with limited supplies and no backgrounds, and task them with creating a society from scratch.
Based on the hit Dutch show, the American adaptation comes from creator John de Mol, who will executive-produce along with David Tibballs, Conrad Green (who left Dancing with the Stars to join the show) and Jon Kroll(The Amazing Race).
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The Season 1 cast includes a lawyer, a preacher, a pregnant lady (who's keeping it a secret) and an ex-con. What could possibly go awry with this crew?!
John De Mol
Fox hopes to break network TV's recent reality TV drought with Utopia, a new show from Big Brother creator John de Mol.