PASCO COUNTY, Fla.—Apparently censorious Polk County's nearest neighbor will be the "proving ground" for the newest idea in reality TV shows: Nudity.
It's called The Nak'd Truth, probably to avoid getting blocked by religio-conservative search engines and ISPs, and its creator, Harris Salomon, has a proven track record in show biz, having produced successful shows for such diverse venues as Comedy Central and the Travel Channel. But this time, he wants to explore the connections between clothing, social status and interpersonal relationships.
"Clothing is something that often defines who we are and how we act," Salomon told the Tampa Tribune. "It's going to be fascinating to see how people react when they no longer have it."
Of course, the perfect setting for such an exploration would be a nudist colony—and Pasco has one of the more famous ones: Caliente, a 120-acre Caribbean-style resort about 20 miles north of Tampa (remember the Max hardcore trial?) in Land O' Lakes, which we're sure is overflowing with tanning butter.
According to the Tribune article, Caliente—which also hosted an episode of the Paris Hilton/Nicole Richie reality show The Simple Life 2: Road Trip—is all in favor of being invaded by yet another film crew.
"We are the largest and most luxurious clothing-optional resort for young people in America and probably the only place where this series could be filmed," said Debbie Bowen, Caliente's VP of marketing, in a news release.
The qualifications to appear in the show are modest: They're looking for under-35s with "good character and strong personalities" who have no experience with nudism. Once selected, participants will spend just one clothed night at the resort before taking the nudist plunge and performing jobs such as lifeguard or social director. However, since this will be for broadcast TV, camera operators will only film them from the side or from the chest up—and all "private parts" (if such things exist in a nudist colony) will be blurred.
Those who wish to audition for these prize roles may send a short bio and recent photo (nudity not required) to the casting director at firstname.lastname@example.org, together with a few sentences on why they want to appear on the show.
Okay, porn stars: Man (or woman) your computers!