Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What Would Your Utopia Look Like?

One of the best parts of having a blog and opening your life up to observers far and wide is the out of the ordinary offers and requests I occasionally receive.

The latest is from a casting director of Fox. She asked me to pass around a casting call for a series called Utopia.

Crazy, brilliant concept, isn't it?

Can you imagine what the world would look like if you could determine it's course?

I spent the better part of this morning debating how I would shape it. The problem, if I was cast as the veterinarian, would be that I would likely be little to no use as the character that everyone would expect me to play. I would be spending almost all of my time erecting beds for the cows and pigs, to shelter them from the starving cast and elements. Reminding them that these animals are our pets, a reflection of our humanity and compassion. Further, I would be schooling my fellow participants that a plant based diet requires far fewer resources and is better for our health and longevity. Another words, I would likely incite a mutiny and be evicted.

My idea of Utopia simply requires an ark of animals, a gardener, an artist, a vintner, a writer, a musician, a few friends, and my pets.

I think I could build a suitable home, decorate it with the beauty nature provides, and be happy with only a few worldly possessions.

Even if I am not applying to the cast, I'll be watching with my glass of wine, my cats, dogs, and my husband, in my warm dry home.

It will be interesting to see how the story evolves from a few strangers into an organized group of survivalists setting their own course through the world they are dropped into.

To all of you veterinarians out there, if you are looking for a little change of pace and a once in a lifetime opportunity please see the information on this show below.

Press Release;


Ambitious Project Created and Executive-Produced by
John de Mol
To Air on FOX and Online

Can a perfect world be created?  From unscripted  mastermind John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, UTOPIA is a bold new unscripted series that moves a group of everyday people to an isolated, undeveloped location
– for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization.

“UTOPIA   will   be   the   largest,   most   ambitious   social experiment  on television,  and I’m thrilled that Talpa Media USA has chosen FOX as its U.S. broadcast  partner,” said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President of Alternative Entertainment,   Fox   Broadcasting   Company. ”The   series offers people from all walks of life the chance to start all over again and re-write the rules of civilization as we know it. It addresses fascinating and fundamental questions about human  law,  morality  and  social  structures,  wrapped  in an irresistible and truly forward-thinking television format.”

“FOX’s speed and passion for the project, combined with its pioneering reputation in the unscripted field, make it the perfect home  for  this  unique  proposition,”   said  de  Mol.  “The  key questions UTOPIA asks are ‘Are people able to create an ideal society  from  scratch,  without  a  given  leader  and  without  any rules?  And  will  it  be  ultimate  happiness  or  complete  chaos?’ What  makes  this  even  more  interesting  to  watch,  both  on television  and online, is the question that viewers undoubtedly will ask themselves, ‘What would I do?’”

With no existing power structures  and limited amenities,  these “pioneers”  must draw on their own ideals and everything  they know about societies around the world, to create a new one…will it be better? Will they rewrite the rules they have always lived by?  Will they falter or prosper?

As the Utopians  build the new society,  every decision  counts. Each must try to become indispensable to the group or risk being exiled to their regular lives and replaced by potential newcomers who have been vying to join.

With cameras  following  the Utopians  24/7, viewers  can watch their society unfold, both weekly on FOX and also online. As they observe  the inhabitants  living  together,  and building  their new existence, viewers themselves will have the chance to become a valuable and powerful asset to the community, and ultimately to question whether Utopia remains an elusive but alluring fantasy, or whether the pioneers have truly realized their dream.

“Utopia,”  which  debuted  in  The  Netherlands  earlier  this month, was an instant sensation, ranking as one of SBS 6’s highest-rated  premieres in six years. On the first night, the debut achieved more than 25% market share in the country’s key 20-49 demographic. On the second night, the series retained  most of its launch audience  with a 24.5% market share.

UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol who will also executive-produce.

Heck, who am I kidding,,,

I already live in Utopia, and there isn't any amount of fame, fortune, or opportunity that could tear me away from the world I have already built. I spent ten years at sea already, I'm done with time away. 

It doesn't ever get any better than this;

The secret to finding Utopia,, living in the moment you have right now, and being very grateful for it.

As always, I am here, on terra firma in my own reality series and available anytime at Jarrettsville Vet, or on Twitter @FreePetAdvice, or ask me any pet related question, or share your pets with all of us at Pawbly.com. The social media platform community dedicated to taking care of animals around the globe. 


  1. My Utopia would allow us to hear, speak with, and understand the true meaning of the Animal Kingdom. Can you imagine how much knowledge we all could learn from them? We should use this excerpt of Henry Betson from The Outermost House, as a guide.

    “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

    1. Hello,

      I agree! It would change every thought and action we have with our fellow inhabitants!

      What a glorious day that will be.

      Thanks for reading!