Reality mogul-turned-feature producer Mike Fleiss — whose credits include both “The Bachelor” and “Hostel” — is jumping back into the unscripted game, snagging a series order for ABC project “The Great American Dream Vote.”
ABC is fast-tracking “Dream Vote,” ordering five episodes for broadcast as soon as next month. Basic concept is a twist on the old “Queen for a Day” format, in which regular people see their dreams come true.
In “Dream Vote,” a group of six to eight people will state their case to a studio audience, with each explaining his dream and why he deserves to have it fulfilled. Contestants will square off in head-to-head heats, with the studio aud eliminating the first few rounds of players.
At the end of each show, two or three finalists will be presented to viewers at home, who’ll be given a chance to vote on which person most deserves to have their dream realized. Results will be disclosed the following week.
“Mike came in and pitched the idea, and we responded to it immediately,” said ABC exec veep of alternative/latenight Andrea Wong. “As we began to shape the idea, we realized it fit in perfectly with our (unscripted) brand, which is about changing lives.”
Fleiss said he doesn’t want the show to be just a sobfest.
“If it gets maudlin, it doesn’t work,” he said. “It can’t be, ‘Who Has the Biggest Tumor?’ ”
Instead, Fleiss said, contestants could “be a mother of quintuplets who dreams of having a proper back yard to a 22-year-old bald guy who dreams of a life with hair.”
Fleiss said “Dream Vote” will be unique among reality shows because there’s “no barrier to entry. Anyone with or without talent can pursue their dream.”
“Dream Vote” will be exec produced with Lisa Levenson via Fleiss’ Warner Horizon-based Next Entertainment.
Fleiss and the Alphabet have a long history together. “The Bachelor” is one of the most-copied formats in reality, and the net recently greenlit another installment in the franchise, likely for broadcast later this season.
On the feature front, CAA-repped Fleiss is in post-production on “Hostel 2,” which he is producing with helmer Eli Roth and Chris Briggs. Same team is attached to upcoming Stephen King feature “The Cell.”
Other Fleiss feature credits include the recent reincarnations of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Poseidon.”