LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Move over Eva Gabor. Your “Green Acres” rerun days as city-girl-turned-farmer’s-wife appear to be numbered. Farmers and ranchers flocked here last weekend for the first of four open casting calls nationwide for a new reality TV show from the producers of “American Idol” and “The Price is Right.” In “The Farmer […]
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Move over Eva Gabor. Your “Green Acres” rerun days as city-girl-turned-farmer’s-wife appear to be numbered.
Farmers and ranchers flocked here last weekend for the first of four open casting calls nationwide for a new reality TV show from the producers of “American Idol” and “The Price is Right.” In “The Farmer Wants a Wife,” city girls and others will vie for a chance to become a farmer’s bride.
Micah Keeney said he came to Lubbock to see if he could find a single woman willing to live on his land in nearby Shallowater. He lives alone in a small, old farmhouse on more than 3,700 acres, where he tends to cotton, cattle and hay.
“I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while, and I want to be on TV,” said Keeney, 24.
The show will air next year on one of the major television networks, said Billy Kemp, the head of casting for Fremantle Media. Its format isn’t finalized. It could be one farmer or rancher in each of as many as 13 episodes or it could be a different one each week, Kemp said.
“We don’t expect the turnout we get for ‘American Idol,'” Kemp said. “This is a very, very different kind of show.”
It won’t be like “Green Acres,” in which Lisa Douglas, played by Gabor, begrudgingly gave up her life in New York City to join her husband, Oliver Wendell Douglas, portrayed by Eddie Albert, in his dream of living the farmer life.
The premise of the show is to make a match between young farmers with no time to date and women who dream of living a traditional, small-town lifestyle.
FremantleMedia has already launched “The Farmer Wants a Wife” in Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands.
Other casting calls were scheduled for Lincoln, Neb., Des Moines, Iowa; and Springfield, Mo. Producers are accepting applications from across the country.
Those casting the show are looking for single men 25-35 years old who live and work on a farm or ranch, preferably someone who has crops and animals.
“We’re not looking for any one thing in particular,” said Rebecca Greenberg of Fremantle Media.
Casting for the show’s women will begin later.
Doug Wilde drove about 200 miles from Wall for the casting call.
“I’ve probably gotten 10 phone calls and e-mails from kinfolk and friends” asking if he had heard of the show, the 28-year-old Wilde said. “It sounds like a good deal.”
Keeney said he’s looking for a woman who could smell cow manure, “and then not think I’m a bad guy.”