So… what do you get when you combine the voyeurism of MTV’s The Real World, the antics and drama of Survivor, the dreaminess of Theodor Herzl, the pragmatism of David Ben Gurion and 8 new, hot, young immigrants to the state of Israel? Why Haolim (The New Immigrants) apparently. Currently in pre-production and slated to begin production later this year, the production company Highlight Films informs me that this new show will be broadcast on Israeli Television and streamed online to an international audience.
So the concept is pretty straightforward. Eight young olim from different countries live together in a big house in Tel Aviv. They each have to pool their finances, like in an old skool kibbutz, and accomplish various tasks, while going through the usual shtick that one goes through as a new immigrant. As the show progresses, the audience will witness moments of hilarity and heartbreak and everything will culminate in the selection of the Ultimate Oleh who will get a luxury condo in Tel Aviv, a new car and a hot job to help them with their new life in Israel. Ok, ok, I know it’s not draining swamps, but it’ll sure be a lot more entertaining than watching a swamp get drained. Have you ever seen that? Swamp draining is boring but Haolim will be hot!
And guess what? They are casting participants now! So… if you are in your twenties, fluent in English with little or no Hebrew skills and are committed to making aliyah like… soon, send them an email for more information. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also if you are an organization or company wishing to get involved, there are a number of sponsorship opportunities still available. Same email address.
Oooh! I can’t wait for the episode where they have to open a bank account!