“Has someone fallen for your online alter-ego?” MTV is casting for a reality show in the vein of the possibly fake hit documentary Catfish, in which a young filmmaker falls in love with his dream girl, Megan, on Facebook, only to find he was talking to the woman Megan had said was her mother. MTV is producing the show with the producers of Catfish, including the duped Nev Schulman, and RelativityREAL.
After the movie, Mr. Schulman said he got loads of emails from people who were in his situation and the situation of his lying, fake Internet girlfriend, a middle-aged woman who may have multiple personalities. It starts with using an OKCupid photo from a few years ago, when you were a bit skinnier. Then you started using a picture of Shannyn Sossamon with an Instagram filter. It happens!
“If you’re in a relationship with someone that exists online, and you want to meet then, but need help because you are keeping a secret from them , Catfish is looking for you,” says the casting call. “Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, the show is looking to bring people together and meet face to face for the first time.”
“If you’re currently in an online relationship and for whatever reason have created an online alter-ego and developed a relationship with someone using that identity, I want to hear your story and I want to help you tell it,” Mr. Schulman says in a video casting call. Same goes for your friends.