WATCH: Meet the 15 Pioneers Building UTOPIA

Three-Night Series Premiere Begins Sunday, September 7 on FOX 50; Continues Tuesday, September 9 and Friday, September 12

By FOX50.com

Lawyer, Preacher, Mom-to-Be, Life Coach, Raw Vegan Chef, Contractor and Ex-ConAmong Those Set to Create a New Society

24/7 Access to UTOPIA Available at UtopiaTV.com 

Get ready to witness the birth of a brave new world. On the daring unscripted series UTOPIA, 15 pioneering Americans wave goodbye – for an entire year – to the lives they’ve known, move to a remote location and set out to create a society from scratch. They’ve got limited supplies, wildly diverse backgrounds and zero bathrooms.

UTOPIA kicks off with a special three-night premiere, beginning on a special night, Sunday, Sept. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM), following the FOX NFL doubleheader. The series continues in its regular time period, Tuesday, Sept. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM), with six special broadcasts on Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM), beginning Sept. 12 on FOX 50.

From executive producer John de Mol, and based on the hit Dutch television series of the same name, UTOPIA asks the question: “If you could restart the world, what would you do differently?” These 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. What conflicts will emerge, what leaders will arise and what ideals will shape this new world?    

Fans will have the opportunity to witness life in UTOPIA with 24/7 access to live streaming video, episodes and exclusive content on UtopiaTV.com and the Utopia App. The UTOPIA App will be available for iOS, Android and Windows on Friday, Aug. 29. Check out UtopiaTV.com for more details and additional updates.

Meet the 15 Utopians:

Bella Chartrand

BELLA CHARTRAND   

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: 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


Andrea Cox

ANDREA COX  

“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: Andrea Cox
Vitals: 38, single
Habitat of Origin: San Diego, CA
Occupation: Raw vegan chef; detox expert
Skillset: Juicing EVERYTHING


DAVE GREEN

“5TH AVE” DAVE GREEN          

“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: Dave Green
Nickname: 5th Avenue
Vitals: 31, single
Habitat of Origin: Queens, NY
Occupation: Homeless/Unemployed
Skillset: Sales; hustling; amateur barbering; smooth-talking
                             


Rob Hospidor

ROB HOSPIDOR        

“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: Rob Hospidor
Vitals: 38, engaged
Habitat of Origin: South Amboy, NJ
Occupation: Security programmer
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; handling guns; getting combative


Josh Johnston

JOSH JOHNSTON

“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: Josh Johnston
Vitals: 36, father
Habitat of Origin: Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: General contractor
Skillset: Building; cooking; sewing; fishing; hunting
                                                      


Jonathan Lovelace

JONATHAN LOVELACE

“When I go to Utopia, God goes to Utopia,” proclaims Jonathan, who hopes to build a church and baptize his fellow Utopians.

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
                                 


Nikki Noce

NIKKI NOCE                

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: 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


Bri Nyugen

BRI NYUGEN    

“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: 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
            


Mike Quinn

MIKE QUINN

“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: Mike Quinn
Vitals: 33, single
Habitat of Origin: New York, NY
Occupation: Attorney
Skillset: Litigation; wise-cracking                                


Amanda Scott

AMANDA SCOTT       

“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: Amanda Scott
Vitals: 30, single
Habitat of Origin: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Behavioral specialist
Skillset: Patience; organizing/planning; singing
           
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Aaron Thomas

AARON THOMAS       

“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: Aaron Thomas
Vitals: 26, single
Habitat of Origin: Jackson, MS
Occupation: Private chef
Skillset: cooking; foraging; personal training
            


Chris Tuorto

CHRIS TUORTO         

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: Chris Tuorto
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Cary, NC
Occupation: Glass blower; chili farmer
Skillset: Skateboarding; surfing; shredding; guitar-playing


Hex Vanisles

HEX VANISLES         

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.

Name: Hex Vanisles
Vitals: 25, single
Habitat of Origin: Detroit, MI
Occupation: Unemployed
Skillset: Hunting; fishing; gathering


Red Vanwinkle

RED VANWINKLE 
     
“I’ll be your Hillbilly MacGyver and your go-to guy,” says Kentucky Red, who won’t tolerate fools in Utopia. “I can fix just about anything,” he says. “But there ain’t no fixin’ stupid.”

Name: Red Vanwinkle
Vitals: 42, married; father
Habitat of Origin: Cecilia, KY
Occupation: Handyman; farmer; moonshiner; home builder; natural medicine man
Skillset: See “Occupation” above. The guy can do it all.
  


Dedeker Winston

DEDEKER WINSTON                      

In Utopia, Dedeker wants everyone to feel safe, warm and comfortable… with her non-traditional sexuality: polyamory. “I’m not a freak. I’m not a sex addict. This is not a kink,” says the liberal, who hopes to educate her fellow Utopians.

Name: Dedeker Winston
Vitals: 26, polyamorous relationship
Habitat of Origin: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Model; motion-capture artist, 
Skillset: Cheese-making; social mediating                                 

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UTOPIA is a presentation of Talpa Media USA. The show is created by John de Mol. De Mol, Conrad Green (“Dancing with the Stars”), Jon Kroll (“The Week the Women Went,” “The Amazing Race”) and David Tibballs (“Dragon’s Den”) executive-produce. “Like” UTOPIA on Facebook at facebook.com/UtopiaTVUSA. Follow the series on Twitter @utopiatvusa and join the discussion using #utopia. See photos and videos at Instagram @utopiatvusa.

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