Syfy Orders 'Opposite Worlds' Reality Series

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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 Oposite Worlds title cardsplit 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.

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Written by: bad_subject
Oct 8th, 2012, 11:02 am


Message Posted On Feb 25th, 2014, 9:07 pm
So I've been wondering where do I vote for JR I chose him because of his fiancee

Message Posted On Feb 13th, 2014, 9:54 am
Where is it filmed?

Message Posted On Jan 29th, 2014, 8:57 pm
to much talking. like the show.

Message Posted On Jan 23rd, 2014, 1:27 am
So far I've seen the first episode of this Opposite Worlds and I wasn't really impressed to be honest. SyFy's programming has gone down hill lately. I don't think this "Syfy Original series" will last long. I didn't like the "worldly challenges" and lots of people got hurt. All of this for the grand prize of only $100,000. I'm not really impressed.

Message Posted On Jan 21st, 2014, 10:35 pm
I haven't wasted this much electricity in 30 min that I can ever recall. Damn, rather be watch Sharknado.

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Message Posted On Oct 13th, 2012, 3:16 pm

TOTAL BLACKOUT was a 'success'...??  I guess you never watched it.  Maybe you misspelled 'succ'...?  Great qoute from the president of the network: “this groundbreaking, edgy program is a remarkable television experiment".  So modest.  It sounds like the kind of idea a "network executive" would come up with after a 3 day getaway to Colombia.  After 72 hours of sleep deprivation it's utter genius!  Si, si.  Snort, snort. 

So, the winner is the one who spends the most days/nights on the luxury side of the street?  Wow. Sounds edge-of-my-sheet.  Knowing Syfy, they won't spare any expense.  Right. 

This is my problem with Syfy "original" programing, that they steal from 'round the world.  Sometimes the ideas are pretty good: Sanctuary was a good idea.  Eureka had potential, as did it's clone Haven.  Alphas is a poor man's XMEN, but if you're gonna "borrow", that's a good one.  They introduced another show exactly like Alphas last summer? Spring? With some generic title I can't remember.  Better than Alphas, which isn't saying much.  But, these "edgy" programmers borrow these ideas with promise, then hire hack writers with the same amount of imagination as these "remarkable television experimenters" who steal creative people's ideas, so the scripts always suck out loud.  From time-to-time, there are actors talented enough to salvage a bad script with quality acting.  Kyra Segwick comes to mind.  The Closer had logic-defying scripts so bad you'd think Obama had a hand in them.  House's Hugh Laurie had more to work with in everyway.  But, by the end of the first season, after you've diagnosed all the biggies, including bubonic plague, you better know how to work a scene on your own.  Well, Syfy makes sure not to cast that rare breed of actor.  That's not true, now that I think of it.  They hired Sci-fi icon, Claudia Black, for a season or so of SG1 before they cancelled it.  Only someone with talent could breath new life into a decade-old series.  Other than that one "mistake", you end up with bad scripts; acting worthy of those bad scripts, filmed with production values courtesy of The Salvation Army rejects.  Everything always looks dirty through a Syfy lens.  How do they do that?

It's not too hard to 'imagine greater'.


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Message Posted On Oct 9th, 2012, 3:24 pm

Could be interesting...if only to see how they're going to do an "idyllic utopia filled with technology where your every desire is fulfilled with the press of a button".



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Message Posted On Oct 8th, 2012, 6:09 pm

I couldn't care less........same old reality garbage, slightly different format.

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