Utopia is a new reality series coming to FOX that introduces 15 contestants who drop everything in their lives to try and build a society from scratch.
According to FOX, Utopia is based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name and asks the question: “If you could restart the world, what would you do differently?” 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 and we’ve got all the deets on them right here:
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
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: Andrea Cox
Vitals: 38, single
Habitat of Origin: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Raw vegan chef; detox expert
Skillset: Juicing EVERYTHING
“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: Dave Green
Nickname: 5th Avenue
Vitals: 31, single
Habitat of Origin: Queens, NY
Skillset: Sales; hustling; amateur barbering; smooth-talking
“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: Rob Hospidor
Vitals: 38, engaged
Habitat of Origin: South Amboy, NJ
Occupation: Security programmer
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; handling guns; getting combative
“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: Josh Johnston
Vitals: 36, father
Habitat of Origin: Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: General contractor
Skillset: Building; cooking; sewing; fishing; hunting
“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: Jonathan Lovelace
Vitals: 44, married with two kids
Habitat of Origin: Church Hill, TN
Occupation: Pastor; high school coach
Skillset: Building; hunting; fishing; praying
“When I go to Utopia, God goes to Utopia,” proclaims Jonathan, who hopes to build a church and baptize his fellow Utopians.
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
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: 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
“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: Mike Quinn
Vitals: 33, single
Habitat of Origin: New York, NY
Skillset: Litigation; wise-cracking
“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: Amanda Scott
Vitals: 30, single
Habitat of Origin: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Behavioral specialist
Skillset: Patience; organizing/planning; singing
“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: Aaron Thomas
Vitals: 26, single
Habitat of Origin: Jackson, MS
Occupation: Private chef
Skillset: cooking; foraging; personal training
“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: Chris Tuorto
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Cary, NC
Occupation: Glass blower; chili farmer
Skillset: Skateboarding; surfing; shredding; guitar-playing
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: Hex Vanisles
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Detroit, MI
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; gathering
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.
Meet the cast in the Utopia trailer below:
You can witness life in Utopia with 24/7 access to live streaming video, episodes and exclusive content on UtopiaTV.com and the Utopia App starting Friday August 29.
Utopia kicks off with a special three-night premiere, beginning 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.
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