North Dakota oil boom earns reality show buzz

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An Emmy award-winning casting director and producer has her eye on the oil fields of North Dakota as the backdrop for a new television reality show.

Charisse Simonian is scouting for Big Fish Casting and works with Burbank, Calif.-based Cheri Sundae Productions. She told the Pioneer Press that she is in the development phase of the project, which involves looking for "interesting people who have been affected by the oil boom."

Speaking from her office in Los Angeles, Simonian told the paper that she has begun initial conversations with people who have flocked to North Dakota in pursuit of employment and a new life. "We're looking for interesting people who are likeable and outgoing with good personalities," she said.

Simonian said she is involved in preliminary discussions with several networks to carry the show. If one of them bites, she anticipates production on the program could begin in the spring and the series could begin airing in the fall of 2013.

She suggests that people who are interested in being cast in the show send her a photo and a pitch about why they should be featured at bigfishcasting.com. She plans to Skype with candidates over the holidays.

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