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Reality Show Chronicles Freshman Experience

Hoyas who can’t get enough of `Jersey Shore”s Snooki and The Situation may be happy to learn that soon, they will have a new reality show to watch – one featuring their fellow Georgetown students. GUTV’s new show documents the experiences of an incoming group of freshmen. The show will air in the spring.

Joe Mancino (COL ’13) and Alison Doyle (SFS ’13) entered the early planning stages of creating the show in mid-July. The two contacted GUTV to ensure that they would be able to use the station’s resources and equipment. Cast selection began shortly thereafter.

ancino said he tried to put together a show last semester on GUTV called “The Joe Show” but found it difficult to write the script, assemble a cast and create a product that a broad audience would find entertaining. Doyle contacted Mancino about the idea of documenting the freshman class’s first year at Georgetown, and from there they got the necessary support from GUTV to make it reality.

ancino said that the casting call was featured on various Facebook groups that had been set up by freshmen. Potential cast members were asked to fill out a questionnaire. The questions on the application covered topics including applicants’ hometowns, relationships and self-perception.

After Mancino and Doyle read the answers submitted by the 15 applicants, they selected a group that they then interviewed by video online.

“From that we will probably choose four for the primary cast members on the show,” Mancino said.

The creators wanted to ensure that the cast painted a picture of the Class of 2014 that was diverse and complete – socioeconomically, ethnically and culturally.

“Georgetown is an extremely diverse campus, and when I say diverse I am not referring to race,” Mancino wrote in an e-mail. “I feel like our school represents many extremes. . We set out to try and find a cast that would represent all types of Georgetown experiences.”

Doyle and Mancino said they hope to employ the talents of other students on campus by featuring music from Georgetown-based singers and musicians for the theme song, as well as music throughout the series.

The show will air on the GUTV station, channel 60 on RCN and on the GUTV Web site

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