And baby will make 16!
In what may be a reality TV first, behavioral specialist Amanda Scott from Seattle is planning to give birth while participating in Fox’s new “social experiment,” UTOPIA.
Amanda, 30, is one of 15 “pioneers” who were selected to spend up to one full year attempting to form their own society and economy.
“She is due the first week in December,” executive producer Jon Kroll revealed during a visit yesterday to the compound where the show will be filmed.
“We felt that having a pregnant participant would be a really fascinating aspect to this if we would overcome the many hurdles. And we actually interviewed several different pregnant women who wanted to give birth at Utopia. The one that we selected was the one that we felt brought the most to the party.”
While the pioneers are not permitted to leave the Utopia compound near Santa Clarita, California, outsiders — including a midwife selected by the mom-to-be — will be allowed to visit.
“We have an EMT on site at all times,” Executive producer Conrad Green said.
“The health of her and her baby are of paramount importance. So if she needs any pre-natal vitamins or anything like that, we will be providing that. And of course, she is always free to leave at any moment. No one is imprisoned. The idea is that this isn’t a prison. This is an opportunity to build something unique.”
Kroll said there contiue to be active conversations about how the birth will be filmed (the ranch is equipped with 130 robotic cameras) as well as what the youngest Utopian will be named.
“I think we will certainly solicit from the online viewers suggestions for names,” he told me. “She might have some names in mind and ask [America] what they prefer, but I don’t think she is willing to allow the Internet to actually make that decision.”
UTOPIA premieres Sunday, September 7 on Fox.
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