by Richard Saperstein & Shara Kay
First of all, thank you for making season 1 of ControlTV such a resounding success. Since we left off in November, ControlTV has been presented with two major accolades: the 2011 NATPE Digital Luminary Award for Best Branded Series and Clicker.com’s Best Live Web Show of 2010. We are so honored, and we couldn’t have done it without you, the “controllers” – the passionate viewers who not only shaped Tristan’s life, but proved that a 24/7 live interactive reality show for the web is remarkably engaging. You spent, on average, over 20 minutes per visit on ControlTV.com!
Now we’re back and preparing to launch a second season this summer. We set out to find Tristan’s successor and were thrilled with the quality and variety of candidates who came forward. Didn’t they see what you put Tristan through?! It turns out that all of the mischievous wake-ups, awkward dates, bizarre outfits, and challenging activities inspired Tristan to…start his own company. He’s genuinely happier and more independent, and he credits the show with giving him the confidence to do it. In fact, the season 2 candidates want you to help guide them to a more fulfilling life, just as you guided Tristan.
Given the proven wisdom of your collective decisions, we’ve decided to give you the chance to choose our season 2 subject from among three great and unique finalists. Jasper, a 23-year-old aspiring DJ from New York, is looking for love and a chance to turn his musical passion into a career. Will, also 23, is an athletic SoCal native who holds a business degree but is struggling to find meaningful work. And the adventurous 26-year-old Kelly, originally from the South Bay, has worked as an E.M.T. and a professional snowboarder, but isn’t sure what his future holds.
Vote as often as you like over the course of the next week. The candidate with the least votes will be eliminated from the running, and then we’ll give you a chance to get to know the remaining two in more depth before making a final selection. We honestly have no clue which guy you’ll prefer, but whoever it is, there can be no doubt: you’re in control.