Fox Lifts Veil on Ambitious ‘Utopia’ Series Compound in Santa Clarita

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The producers of Fox’s ambitious new reality series “Utopia” gave reporters a close up, inside look at the show’s grand compound in the Santa Clarita area on Thursday. The 15 participants in what the network has billed as a “social experiment” are set to move in for their year-long stay on Aug. 29.

To an impressive scale the compound has been outfitted with 129 cameras and over 10 miles of wiring…though no electricity, water or plumbing beyond that. The landscape boasts it’s own lake and barn, as well as lush landscaping offering the cast to literally build their own society.

Though the cost of creating such a space was not specified, exec producer Conrad Green assured that it is “not insignificant.”

Journos also got a peek at the site’s control room and production space. Jon Kroll, another of the show’s producers, shared that all post production work is set to be completed on-site, with staffers currently rehearsing the dance of filming, logging and preparing the show for its bi-weekly airings.

“Utopia” will open with a three-night premiere on Sept. 7, Sept. 9 and Sept. 12. It will then air regularly on Tuesdays, with six special Friday airings lined up as well. The program is a gamble for Fox, especially as it is taking up so many hours on the schedule in the days leading up to the formal launch of the 2014-15 season. The hope is that the show will be on the schedule for a full year.

The team at “Utopia” is also set to livestream content 24-7, with degrees of subscription for viewers. The online stream will begin the afternoon the cast moves onto the property, ahead of its fall premiere. The series is based on a Dutch format, produced by John de Mol’s Talpa TV.

The 129 cameras will capture the society’s story for a year – or however long the show runs – and follow how they develop and integrate into the outside world, with the caveat that they cannot leave the property.

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  1. peg4x4 says:

    FOX cancled “Firefly” and “Almost Human” to bring this piece of stupidity to tv.

  2. Delerium says:

    The world’s about to blow up, the borders are down, Martial Law is taking over and to compensate they want us to look at “Utopia” to distract us?

  3. TVboredom says:

    Who needs this crap? These reality shows are so boring compared to good old movies and real news.

  4. Dena says:

    Who is going to watch this? Sounds terrible.

  5. classic show junky says:

    yuck more reality junk pffft whatever happened to good old days nothing good on the tv anymore.. I’m throwin the tv out the window! good grief :-/

  6. rjgforu99 says:

    God this just sounds stupid. Why can’t they move beyond the Truman show. Rupert take control of these munchkins.. Even if it is successful why do this..

    • Unimpressed American Television Viewer says:

      It might be interesting if it was all intelligent and/or open minded people looking to find ways to create a better societal system or at least improve upon the good points of other systems. BUT being that it’s a TV show who probably assembled the cast for dramatic TV results rather than any positive potential, and that the cast themselves are probably your average American looking to be on a dumb ass reality show, it will likely be a lot of closed minded people butting heads and bickering, and talking and whining about each other on private cameras, and run-on sentences that never seem to shut up

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