In television shows today, the reality category is dominating viewership for its elaborately outrageous, and in most cases, worthless entertainment. Shows like "Rock of Love," "Tool Academy," "The Bachelor," "Dancing With The Stars" and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" frequent our screens to feed us the cheap entertainment we crave. For those of us ready for a change in our reality small screens, your prayers have been answered.
television series is unlike any other reality show ever created. The show's website
describes it as, "a television series about challenges and solutions in communities around the globe." An eclectic group of volunteers documents their travels all over the world to help better the lives of others.
Creator Eion Bailey
, best known for the HBO series "Band of Brothers," hosts a team of "filmmakers and storytellers, activists and environmentalists, inventors and engineers, doctors, artists, and many others dedicated to creating sustainable, life-altering projects for communities around the globe," where they come together to make dreams come to life for the less fortunate.
The show is most unique in the aspect that the audience is not only watching, but is able to participate. With the fitting slogan, "We're all a part of it," if desired, you sign up to become a member on the official website, create a personal profile and invite your friends to read and share ideas for context of issues around the world in the hopes of creating a future episode for the show. If a member's idea for an episode is selected depending upon the amount of popularity in followers and feedback, they get the opportunity to live out their reverie to appear on the show.
, part of the site's management team and friend of Bailey's said, “We hope to select some of these episodes [posted on the website] to be a part of season, along with the episodes' creators." Ingerman, who came across the show's website accidently, was immediately enthralled. "The show's concept immediately blew me away. When you watch the trailer, you get this amazing sense of selflessness and wonder. It was hard not to be pulled in immediately," she said.
Bailey proved to be unlike your typical Hollywood actor, not only with the creation of a beautiful concept for the show, but also by recently returning from Haiti after aiding in the relief effort. Ingerman boasted of Bailey's character saying, "Eion is one of those people that catches you off guard with his whole attention and focus. You can see it on film when he speaks to the camera during the Peru pilot [episode]. I think Eion wants to change the world and his passion for being a bright shining example of that, in action, is infectious."
The show's first season premiered in June 2009 for a private screening in Los Angeles and since then they have traveled to several locations spreading the word about the show and constantly updating the website with new ideas. Each season of the show features 14 different global locations, staying only one week in each destination to complete the task at hand.
"Being able to change the lives of someone, to make them smile, to impact their lives in a positive way — that's what I hope we can accomplish. Also, [I hope we can help] entertain and educate people through the medium of film along the way," said Ingerman.
The "Imagine This!" second season is expected to start filming this summer, so if you have any ideas for episodes of various issues you would like to help improve, don't miss the opportunity to be a part of something influential and helpful to others for the greater good. Help to make "Imagine This!" set a new trend for our reality television shows and a whole new way to enjoy entertainment.
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