Witness the Birth of a Brave New World and Meet the 15 Pioneers Building FOX's UTOPIA
Get ready to witness the birth of a brave new world. On the daring unscripted series UTOPIA, 15 pioneering Americans wave goodbye - for an entire year - to the lives they've known, move to a remote location and set out to create a society from scratch. They've got limited supplies, wildly diverse backgrounds and zero bathrooms.
UTOPIA kicks off with a special three-night premiere, beginning on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the FOX NFL doubleheader. The series continues in its regular time period, Tuesday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), with six special broadcasts on Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), beginning Sept. 12 on FOX.
From executive producer John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, UTOPIA asks the question: "If you could restart the world, what would you do differently?" These 15 Utopians - seven women, eight men - have accepted The Challenge and each of them brings a unique skill set and ideal to UTOPIA. A lawyer, a preacher, a contractor, a chef, an ex-con and a soon-to-be-mom are among those seeking to build this new society. What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise and what ideals will shape this new world?
Fans will have the opportunity to witness life in UTOPIA with 24/7 access to live streaming video, episodes and exclusive content on UtopiaTV.com and the Utopia App. The UTOPIA App will be available for iOS, Android and Windows on Friday, Aug. 29. Check out UtopiaTV.com for more details and additional updates.
Meet the 15 Utopians:
If there's one person prepped for success in Utopia, it's naked yoga enthusiast Bella, known as "the peppy prepper with a purpose" in her Southern hometown. "I'd rather be digging a hole than on a date," says Bella, who nonetheless remains "open to the possibility of having a child in Utopia."
Name: Bella Chartrand
Vitals: 45, single
Habitat of Origin: Griffin, GA
Occupation: Real estate entrepreneur; survivalist prepper
Skillset: Has been ready for Utopia for 10 years
"I'm a Christian who drops the f-bomb," announces this detox diva, who would resort to cannibalism before killing or eating an animal. Utopians beware: "When I snap, I can be a little b*tchy and manipulating to get my way," the self-proclaimed born-again virgin warns.
Name: Andrea Cox
Vitals: 38, single
Habitat of Origin: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Raw vegan chef; detox expert
Skillset: Juicing EVERYTHING
"5TH AVE" DAVE GREEN
"On paper, I'm written off," says 5th Avenue Dave, a former drug dealer and burglar who's been in and out of jail since 17. "I wanna show the world that ex-convicts and felons can make a change."
Name: Dave Green Nickname: 5th Avenue
Vitals: 31, single
Habitat of Origin: Queens, NY
Skillset: Sales; hustling; amateur barbering; smooth-talking
"I'm a g*ddamn patriot," says proud Jersey native Rob Hospidor, who's excited to represent America - "the REAL 'Merica," he clarifies. The gun-loving libertarian is sure to clash with the "hippies, kumbayahs and hairy-legged broads" he suspects will populate Utopia.
Name: Rob Hospidor
Vitals: 38, engaged
Habitat of Origin: South Amboy, NJ
Occupation: Security programmer
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; handling guns; getting combative
"You can't build a house without a general contractor, and you can't build Utopia without me," says Josh. A natural leader and a self-proclaimed "sexy beast," Josh is on a personal quest to unify the group to build the most gratifying society possible.
Name: Josh Johnston
Vitals: 36, father
Habitat of Origin: Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: General contractor
Skillset: Building; cooking; sewing; fishing; hunting
"When I go to Utopia, God goes to Utopia," proclaims Jonathan, who hopes to build a church and baptize his fellow Utopians.
Name: Jonathan Lovelace
Vitals: 44, Married with two kids
Habitat of Origin: Church Hill, TN
Occupation: Pastor; high school coach
Skillset: Building; hunting; fishing; praying
An ideal society won't take shape overnight, but don't expect that to phase Nikki. The holistic doctor and tantric sex enthusiast is sure to take a hands-on approach to communal living. "The human touch is so loving and healing," she says.
Name: Dr. Nikki Noce
Vitals: 29, single
Habitat of Origin: Brooklyn, NY
Occupation: Medical and Holistic doctor; life coach; herbalist
Skillset: Non-traditional medicine; yoga instruction; gardening
"It would be nice to be the prettiest girl in Utopia - that way, I could have my pick of the men," says Bri, who is also passionate about animal rights and sustainability.
Name: Bri Nyugen
Vitals: 20, single
Habitat of Origin: Westminster, CA
Occupation: Veterinary technician; student
Skillset: Farming; raising livestock; horseback riding; canning fruits and vegetables; building huts
"My strengths are definitely in government, not in working," says lawyer Mike, a serial dater who's packing work boots...although he's not planning on wearing them. "We have a much better chance of creating a society if I'm managing the rules."
Name: Mike Quinn
Vitals: 33, single
Habitat of Origin: New York, NY
Skillset: Litigation; wise-cracking
"I'm pregnant, but not powerless," says Amanda, who plans to keep her pregnancy a secret from the other Utopians for as long as she can. Her work with developmentally challenged children reaffirms her belief that if "everyone treated each other like family, the world would be a better place."
Name: Amanda Scott
Vitals: 30, single
Habitat of Origin: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Behavioral specialist
Skillset: Patience; organizing/planning; singing
"Food is life," says this former Army officer who knows what a good meal can mean to a hungry community. A hopeless romantic and fantastic forager, Aaron envisions a Utopia free of class divisions and full of nuts and berries.
Name: Aaron Thomas
Vitals: 26, single
Habitat of Origin: Jackson, MS
Occupation: Private chef
Skillset: cooking; foraging; personal training
He'll infuse your spirit with happiness and burn your mouth with the hot peppers he farms with his family. Chili charmer Chris loves inspiring others, working as a team and finding beauty in all he beholds. Well, maybe not everything. "Bible bangers drive me nuts," he says.
Name: Chris Tuorto
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Cary, NC
Occupation: Glass blower; chili farmer
Skillset: Skateboarding; surfing; shredding; guitar-playing
Don't call her Katniss. Sure, hunter Hex Vanisles is "six feet of Twisted steel and sex appeal," but her primary game is to bring lessons from Utopia back to Detroit, her hometown.
Name: Hex Vanisles
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Detroit, MI
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; gathering
"I'll be your Hillbilly MacGyver and your go-to guy," says Kentucky Red, who won't tolerate fools in Utopia. "I can fix just about anything," he says. "But there ain't no fixin' stupid."
Name: Red Vanwinkle
Vitals: 42, married; father
Habitat of Origin: Cecilia, KY
Occupation: Handyman; farmer; moonshiner; home builder; natural medicine man
Skillset: See "Occupation" above. The guy can do it all.
In Utopia, Dedeker wants everyone to feel safe, warm and comfortable... with her non-traditional sexuality: polyamory. "I'm not a freak. I'm not a sex addict. This is not a kink," says the liberal, who hopes to educate her fellow Utopians.
Name: Dedeker Winston
Vitals: 26, polyamorous relationship
Habitat of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Model; motion-capture artist,
Skillset: Cheese-making; social mediating
UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol. De Mol, Conrad Green ("Dancing with the Stars"), Jon Kroll ("The Week the Women Went," "The Amazing Race") and David Tibballs ("Dragon's Den") executive-produce. "Like" UTOPIA on Facebook at facebook.com/UtopiaTVUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @utopiatvusa and join the discussion using #utopia. See photos and videos at Instagram @utopiatvusa.