Reality TV: The Olim

I met Yana Kutikova last week; a high-energy, enthusiastic recent Olah from Atlanta. And like someone else from the same city, Yana had a dream. Hers, a reality show about the extraordinary olim who have chosen to begin their lives again in this, our extraordinary land.

Conceptualized by Yana, and now in the pre-production phase with Highlight Films, the show is described this way:

They will live and compete against one another through various extreme missions that mirror the different challenges olim faced building the State of Israel and eventually one will be crowned the Ultimate Oleh. This winner will be granted a golden ticket into Israeli society with a luxury apartment facing the beach in Tel Aviv, a brand new car, a dream job, and many more amenities to make for the ultimate Aliyah.

Contestants must be committed to making Aliyah to Israel and be fluent in English with little to no knowledge of Hebrew. Production is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2008.

After meeting Yana I have no doubt this show will succeed. For this young woman who could sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, HaOlim will be a cakewalk! And by the way, Yana was part of the media staff at ROI120 – 2007.

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update June 12: view the trailer.