NBCUniversal cable net Syfy has greenit Opposite Worlds, a competition series from Eyeworks USA, and will premiere it early in the new year.
The series, based on the Chilean format Mundos Opuestos, splits 14 contestants into two teams, with each residing in a house divided into two “opposite worlds” – one representing the past, and the other, the future. Each division will come with its own sets of advantages and disadvantages, and the two teams, who will be taking part in assorted challenges, will be able to see each other via a glass wall separating them.
An interactive element will also play a role in the gameplay, as viewers will be able to participate in real time via social media and help determine the unfolding of events on screen.
The acquisition of the format, handled by Banijay International, by the U.S. network was announced during MIPCOM in 2012. At the time, Craig Plestis from Smart Dog Media was named as an executive producer for the series. Syfy acquired exclusive U.S. format rights for the series from the global distributor and Canal 13.
Dave Howe, president of Syfy, said the series “invites our audience, who thrive on seeking out what’s new and next, to participate in the ultimate multiplatform experience.
“And with Syfy’s first-ever weekly live series, they will have the opportunity to become a part of a groundbreaking social experiment, which engages them, as well as the players onscreen, to influence the show’s story-telling action and outcomes,” he added.
The series, slated to debut on January 21, 2014, will be executive produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Adam Kaloustian for Eyeworks USA.