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PostSubject: Control TV   October 4th 2010, 8:36 pm

http://blogs.chron.com/celebritybuzz/2010/10/reality_tv_meets_the_internet.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+houstonchronicle/celebritybuzz+(Celebrity+Buzz)

Reality TV meets the Internet in Seth Green's new Web series

Seth Green promises his new Web series "Control TV" isn't a Dr. Evil kind of thing.

"Control TV," which launches Wednesday, is a new reality Web series that is billing itself as a "a real life 'Truman Show.'" Like the Jim Carrey movie, Tristan Couvares will have cameras following him all day long, but with "Control TV," viewers on the Web vote to make Couvares' decisions.

It may sound slightly dystopic, but Green, who is producing the show with Matthew Senreich, says "Control TV" is "part entertainment and part vicarious improvement of another human being."

"It's not Gerard Butler in 'Gamer,' it's not 'The Running Man,'" Green says, referring to two films where lives are sacrificed for entertainment. "We're doing something a little less malicious than that."

Instead, Green sees the show as a chance for an uncertain, 25-year-old man to be propelled by the Web-watching masses. In his view, the Internet can be a benevolent god.

"We're going to guide it so that none of the decisions are really detrimental to him," says Green. "It could be as simple as putting him in funny clothes when he goes to a job interview or insisting that he has a hidden agenda when he speaks to a girl for the first time, or whether he's going to eat oatmeal or an English muffin to start his day."

Viewers, who can follow at http://controlTV.com and sign up for cell phone alerts, will get the opportunity to decide things for Couvares approximately 10-15 times a day. Voting will be for multiple choice options -- A, B or C -- which means Couvares won't be forced to do anything the show's producers haven't already prepared.

"Based on what his life starts to become, we're going to have to adapt as producers," says Senreich, who co-created the Adult Swim animated series "Robot Chicken" with Green, who has appeared in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Austin Powers."

Couvares, who was chosen from many applicants, will be streamed live for 18 hours a day. A webisode will also run daily summarizing each day's events.

In his audition tape, Couvares said he grew up in Manchester, Conn., and moved to Los Angeles about two years ago.

"At the end of the day, if I'm in a situation, I'm going to know what makes good TV," he says. "I'm going to know what's going to be funny, what people are going to want to see. That's what I bring to the table."

"It isn't like we're pretending there's no camera," says Green. "It isn't like we're saying that this is real life. Everyone is acknowledging how strange and bizarre this situation is."

Though many have experimented in streaming their lives live on the Internet, "Control TV" hopes the interactivity with the audience will set the show apart. There are also clear parallels to CBS' "Big Brother," which also includes live webcasts and viewer multiple choice voting options for certain aspects of the show. Green admits he's addicted to "Big Brother."

Green and Senreich -- and producer Richard Saperstein, formerly president of Dimension Films -- managed to persuade Ford and Sprint to back the project. Couvares will drive a Ford car and use a Sprint phone.

Green acknowledges he has some concerns about how such an experiment might play out.

"Strangers. Crazy people," he says. "We're going to be out there, he's going to have a camera following. People can react bizarrely when they cameras out in public. So we're hoping that no one is going to go out of their way to hurt our guy."

But Green maintains his optimism in the wisdom of the crowd.

"We're just testing the boundaries of it," says Green. "We really want to see what can come of it. There's things that are exclusive to this medium and we want to play around."

-- Associated Press

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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 4th 2010, 8:47 pm



http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/09/30/controltv-seth-green/


The argument regarding predetermined fate versus free will may never be settled, but starting Oct. 6, at least one 25-year-old guy will know whoís calling the shots. ControlTV, the new online reality series from Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, stars a former IT recruiter named Tristan Couvares (pictured, left). Like most reality shows, Tristan will be constantly followed around Los Angeles by cameras, and like the voyeuristic experiment If I Can Dream, itíll all be streamed live on the showís official site. But with ControlTV, thereís one key difference: You get to decide what Tristan does.
At least a dozen times throughout each day, a poll will appear allowing viewers to vote on whether Tristan should wear boxers or briefs, date a blonde or brunette, buy a ticket for The Social Network or Case 39, that kind of thing. So for six weeks this poor young man will not only give up every ounce of privacy, but heíll also become the Internetís human puppet ó an interactive lab mouse that may or may not reach the cheese at the end of the labyrinth. It all depends on how wisely (or poorly) yíall guide Mr. Couvares along.
EW.com recently talked to Tristan about handing his life over to the Web and becoming a digital Truman Burbank. His responses, plus the showís trailer, just ahead:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY This experiment is rapidly approaching. How are you feeling about it right now?
TRISTAN COUVARES: I think my adrenalineís going, and obviously, itís a daunting thing thatís going to happen. Of course Iím scared, but Iím also excited because I think it could be really fun.
How did you find out about the show?
It was on Craigslist, and somehow I had a search string that made this pop up. They had a casting office around the block from where I was working [at the time], so when they emailed me back, I figured, ďWhy not?Ē Iíve never done anything like it before, and now Iím on the phone with you.
How did you present yourself during the casting audition?
As a 25-year-old guy from Connecticut whoís lived in L.A. for two years and is sort of having a bit of a quarter-life crisis. Someone who doesnít really know what he wants to do with his life yet, and heís working this job [as an IT recruiter], but itís just a job and not a calling.
What about ControlTV appealed to you?
Right off the bat, I just thought it was going to be very interesting in terms of, you know, a cultural study, from an anthropological or sociological standpoint. It was going to be an interesting experiment.
Do you think your willingness to reveal so much online is a generational trait?
I think itís definitely less shocking [for my generation]. For me, personally, itís still a jump to present yourself in such extreme openness. But if you were to pitch this to people our parentsí age, that would be shocking to them. I think weíve adjusted to having less privacy, so that jump to giving it all up is a little less of a leap.
And you donít mind freely giving up your sense of privacy?
Thatís where some of the nervousness comes in, but I donít think I do anything thatís too outlandish. Iím a pretty average, boring kind of guy, so I feel like anything that I do now is not really that exciting or interesting. [Laughs] So itís nothing Iím afraid for people to see.
How do you feel about giving up your free will, then?
If somebody asked me if Iíd be willing to do it forever, the answer would be absolutely not. But how bad can it really be for six weeks?
You donít envision yourself rebelling against the viewers?
I hope not! I donít think itís going to get that bad.
But you know there will be some nut out there who watches you the entire day.
Itíll probably be my mom [laughs].
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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 5th 2010, 2:56 am

Oh wow...this is so interesting. He's nice looking. Bet he will have quite the following! lol! I plan to check it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 6th 2010, 12:01 pm

Just read about this yesterday. Robin Kass did the casting for this web show and Seth Green is the co-creator.
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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 6th 2010, 4:00 pm

I saw a tweet about this from Robyn. Does anyone has a link to follow this show on twitter?

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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 6th 2010, 4:41 pm

http://twitter.com/YouControlTV

http://www.facebook.com/pages/YouControlTV/157150094310075?ref=sgm

http://controltv.com/ to view... although with unexpected high traffic, it's hit or miss.

http://www.sethgreenonline.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Control TV   October 6th 2010, 4:50 pm

Thanks Mappy! Smile

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