Reality TV guru Mark Burnett, (think Apprentice and Survivor) is teaming up with MySpace to launch a hybrid internet/TV reality series called "Independent", to find a US independent presidential candidate in early 2008. The winner will receive $1 million, however, it is not theirs to keep. They may use it to start their own campaign or donate it to a political cause.Contestants will be able to declare their candidacy through MySpace Videos and get public feedback via their MySpace profiles. Once winnowed down, the chosen contestants will participate in a reality series TV show where they will interact with supporters (or not) and the public. An interactive "town hall" will give MySpace users and TV viewers a chance to rate their performance. (No word yet if Simon Cowell is participating).
The project hopes to tap the young online community and get them involved in the political process. Clearly, this new endeavor as well as MySpace's other political forays, shows it is intent on making a big mark on the American political landscape.
So, what's the show's tagline going to be? "America has spoken" or "You're Hired"?