I've gotten a few e-mails from casting agents/production companies and so on, but this is my favorite one yet.
I am a Casting Director working on a development project for a major cable television network. This series is tentatively entitled "Are You Ready?" and it is a competition show in search of America's Top Prepper. The concept is prepper against prepper in a competition to outlast and excel in challenges featuring the most prepared among us. (Think Survivor but with a group of MacGyvers instead of ordinary people. This show is about extraordinarily prepared people, competing in extraordinary circumstances).
The scenarios will range from pure survival (i.e. building a shelter and cooking a meal with scarce resources) to more constructed challenges like rescuing a family who has been stranded by rising flood waters. All scenarios will test the competitor's knowledge and readiness, but above all ingenuity and resourcefulness under pressure. The challenges will emphasize the mental not just the physical.
Each episode, competitors will be given a set of survival-inspired scenarios to compete against one another for the title of "Ultimate Prepper." Preppers will be transported to an undisclosed location with little more than their Everyday Carry or Bug Out Bag.
I am hoping to speak with interested candidates as soon as possible.
While this sounds crazy, it's apparently real...if anyone wants to connect with the casting agent let me know. I got a good laugh out of it, though.
I wonder if they've got an "Ultimate Prepper" championship belt that the winner gets to take home?