There’s a forthcoming trend in reality TV: politics.
The popularity of the Occupy Wall Street event has given producers the idea to make activists and politically-inclined people the new star of this TV programming genre. They figure, the outspokenness and opinionated personalities of such people will make a loud impact in the entertainment industry.
mtvU has started this trend with its call for college students who followed the Occupy Wall Street event. They want the students to feedback them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, MTV also made a casting call that specifically wants political candidates, campaign managers, and activists:
MTV Seeks Atypical Activists
Bunim/Murray Productions also wants a politically opinionated person for the upcoming season of MTV’s The Real World:
MTV’s “Real World” Season 27 Casting
In fact, a post on New York City’s Craigslist has been posted last October. With the subject “Part of Occupy Wall Street? Real World 27 Wants You!”, it reads:
“MTV’s Real World is seeking cast members to tell their unique stories on our show. If you are over the age of 20 and appear to be between the ages of 20-24, and the description below sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Are you a part of the OCCUPY WALL STREET movement? If so, please contact email@example.com. Your subject heading should be YOUR NAME and WALL STREET.”
The production company has explained that their casting call came out of the current zeitgeist. Suddenly, there is a need to focus on people who are “involved in whatever is going on in the world around them”.
Shortly after, many other production companies also become interested in creating reality series for politically opinionated people.
The list includes a popular casting company probing the whole USA for “personalities that rally behind a cause and influence others to do the same”:
Nationwide Search For Political Activists
Then there’s also a casting call for couples who do not agree on politics:
Reality TV Seeks Couples Who Don’t Agree On Politics
All of these reality TV programs promise activists and politically opinionated people the “voice” that they need to be heard by the world. But everybody knows better. Reality TVs are all about sensationalism too. Someone who’s passionate about a political cause but with a so-so personality is not part of the call.