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.”

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