This one sounds like an awful lot of fun.
Syfy has picked up 'Opposite Worlds,' an unscripted reality series based on a Chilean series format. Craig Plestis, who made his name on reality series, is acting as the Exec Producer for 'Opposite Worlds' and will oversee a twelve-episode initial season order. The twelve episodes are slated to air over a six-week span, marking the first time Syfy has aired an original series twice per week. Given that this is a new reality series and reality series are based entirely on familiarity with the contestants/characters, this is a very interesting strategy that could pay off handsomely.
The format for 'Opposite Worlds' is an interesting one: people from various walks of life are collected and split into opposing teams... like on 'Survivor.' The contestants are placed in a primitive environment without the benefits of our technological advancements where they are forced to fend for themselves in a harsh clime... like on 'Survivor.' But here's where 'Opposite Worlds' breaks the mold: the other, opposing team is not placed in the primitive environment: they are placed in the opposite world of the future, rather than the past. The other team is in an idyllic utopia filled with technology where your every desire is fulfilled with the press of a button--but they must compete in order to stay there. Each episode, the team living in the 'past' will compete against the team in the 'future' to determine who lives where until the next challenge.
The whole thing sounds like one big 'Survivor' rewards-challenge, but if the technological world is created well, it could add elements to the series that no reality show to date has ever captured. Scientific series that appear on channels like 'Discovery' attract audiences by showcasing mechanical marvels and digital delights; 'Opposite Worlds' adds the layer of having characters you know and root for (or against) and the ability to watch them play with these futuristic toys and benefit from their amazing abilities.
Syfy President Mark Stern was eager to tout the format of the upcoming series: “this groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable television experiment," said Stern, an experiment that involves "transporting the audience and the contestants into starkly opposite worlds, simultaneously." After the success of Syfy's 'Total Blackout,' a reality series based off of an international format, Syfy is hoping that 'Opposite Worlds' allows them to double-down. Scanning the international marketplace and snapping up successful properties is a pretty fool-proof business strategy and fans of Syfy could be reaping benefits along with the network.
Production of 'Opposite Worlds' on Syfy will begin shortly. Stick with TVRage for the latest.