If you're in the market to sell your home, and you want national exposure, a new reality TV show may offer that and end up being the perfect buyer. But you'll have to agree to take part in "Loser Leaves Town" scheduled to air this fall on Turner Broadcasting.
Sounds like the "Wild, Wild West" and it could be happening in your town soon. The show will feature a couple of families who will air their dirty laundry on national TV.
"It's basically a fun, family comedy that pits two neighbors who have normal issues and are annoyed on some level with each other in a series of competitions. The end result is one family is moving away," says Roz Taylor Jordan, Vice President of casting for Nash Entertainment.
The losing family will have to pack their bags, sell their home to the show and move away.
"Do they have to leave town? Absolutely not, they can move in the same cul-de-sac. They can move around the corner. They get to pick their house, we pay all the moving expenses and we buy their existing house from them," says Jordan.
The losing family must pay for their new home. And both the winning and losing teams are guaranteed a minimum of $100,000 just for participating.
Jordan says the show will be taped this coming summer and that puts them in a time crunch to find the right families.
"I'm looking for two families who have a traditional mom and dad in each house, who have at least two kids over the age of 10, are gregarious, fun, outgoing and competitive," says Jordan.
The problems that the families have with each other can run the gamut from scenarios such as your neighbor's dog barking non-stop or using your lawn as a restroom, the neighborhood kids shooting basketball hoops at 6 a.m. on a Saturday, teen parties that last all night, your neighbor's overgrown tree or a fence that's falling down in your yard.
"I'm not looking for mean-spirited people, I'm not looking for a bunch of restraining orders, and I'm not looking for an episode of Jerry Springer. [The problems] have to be relatable, fun, normal stuff that happens," says Jordan.
"The competition is going to come from whatever the particular issues of the families are. So the whole show is going to be built around their complaints," says Jordan.
For instance, if the complaint is regarding the neighbor's dog making messes in other people's yards, there may be a competition between the families and then the losing family might have to go pick up dog poop in the neighborhood the next day.
Because the time crunch is so severe, Jordan says they're offering a huge bounty of $50,000 to anyone who can help find families who are right for the new show.
"People have annoyances and the best way to start talking about them is if they feel they have a vested interest in it. So if you know a family that would be great for this, maybe you heard about [this show] and they didn't, by giving you the $50,000 it gets you to help us get [those families] much quicker," says Jordan.
The families have to live in a house not a condo, townhouse or apartment. The parents have to be 18 years or older and willing to relocate. The show will be taped over a three-week period this summer.
If you think you know of a family, contact the show at 800-605-5062. Time is short; submissions need to be in by May 1, 2005.
But, before you do, make sure you understand who is not right for the show.
"We're not looking for outlandish, crazy stories. I don't want anybody who has been pouring acid on somebody's lawn or burning somebody's fence and has restraining orders. That's not funny. That's severe problems and that's not what this show is going to be," says Jordan.
When the show airs in the fall, Jordan wants it to have a positive impact.
"We want it to be a fun, comedy [show] that families can relate to and that people, hopefully, after they watch it will learn something about how to be better neighbors," says Jordan.