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"American Idol" -- meet "The Truman Show"


Because, believe it or not, the space for reality series on television is finite,19 Entertainment - the production company behind singing competition hit "American Idol" -- has developed what it's calling the first "post reality entertainment" project, documenting "the authentic story" of five young - and we're guessing good looking - people who dream of success. Guess where -- in Hollywood!

"If I Can Dream" will allow viewers to interact with the one musician, one actor, two actresses, and one model, in real time as they "leave their hometowns and live together high up in the Hollywood Hills," the company said Wednesday.

We're guessing that means very far up in the Hollywood Hills -- as opposed to in the Hollywood Hills and stoned.

The 24/7 project will launch across multiple platforms including online, radio, TV, and mobile handsets, social networking sites -- you name it -- starting early next year. 19 Entertainment's distribution partners on this one include Hulu, Clear Channel, and MySpace.

And, because no post-reality project would be complete without post-reality product placement, 19 Entertainment has lined up PepsiCo and Ford Motor Company for just that reason.

Every single move of the Lucky Post-Reality Five will be streamed live online as they rehearse, write music, "socialize," and plan their careers, 19E explained. "Innovative camera and sensor technology" -- the mind reels -- will allow a global audience to interact with the Lucky Post-Reality Five.

In return, LP-R5 will be able to test ideas and get your feedback through blogs and video messages you post on www.ificandream.com.

Hate what she's wearing? Tell her so. Think his roots need touching up? Let your voice be heard!

And, because post-reality life can sometimes be stern and cold, should any of the LP-R5 leave their Shangri-La high up in the Hollywood Hills - perhaps to go on tour, or shoot a movie, or because they simply can't take the bright life and want to return to their humdrum little lives back home -- their place will be taken by a new Lucky Post-Reality Hottie, who will be chosen by you and me via open auditions.

It's all about "democratizing" the process of the making of a Hollywood star, 19 Entertainment bragged. A real Horatio Algier story for the Meme Generation.


By Lisa de Moraes  |  December 16, 2009; 8:46 PM ET
 
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