North Dakota’s Bakken being considered for reality television show

From the Jersey shore to the swamps of Louisiana to the icy roads of Alaska, popular reality shows have been based all over the U.S. in recent years, but a place that seems made for reality TV — the Bakken — has been absent a program.

That could change soon, according to Emmy award-winning television casting director and producer Charisse Simonian.

“We’re very interested in doing a show that would be based in the Bakken and in North Dakota, specifically,” Simonian said from her office in Los Angeles recently. “Things can always change, but we’re in the development phase right now and we’re looking for interesting people whose lives have been affected by the oil boom.”

Taking the lead on the project, Simonian is talent scouting for Big Fish Casting and working with Burbank, Calif.,-based Cheri Sundae Productions. Simonian said she has received a lot of responses from individuals interested in being featured in the show.

“What we’re looking at is having something based somewhere from Dickinson north,” Simonian said. “We’re looking for interesting people who are likeable and outgoing with good personalities. I’ve talked with a lot of people already.”

Simonian won an Emmy for her work on the show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” helping to find families for the hit

reality show’s first three seasons. Simonian said she also was responsible for casting the sharks for the Emmy-nominated ABC show “Shark Tank.”

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • The Fighting Czech

    OH boy, another show that will portray North Dakotan’s as Flatland Hillbillies again…
    Does anyone one know if we will have indoor plumbing this time???? Why dont they do a Reality TV show on the US congress… Im sure we would all be impressed with those buffoons in their natural habitat…