Catfish: The TV Show Is Coming To Australia
While dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Grindr have vastly helped connect people in ways not previously seen before, it has brought about the rise of the catfish.
Being catfished is a real shitty thing to happen to someone.
Whether the catfish tricks you into sending naughty pictures to them or strings you along on a months long online relationship, it can leave the victim feeling devastated, violated and broken.
So why not create a TV show about this journey and help bring these catfish to justice? Well, luckily for us there is already a show just like this and it's been around in America since 2012.
But now it's being brought to Australia on Channel 10 - but only in pilot form for now.
The channel is testing the appetite for the series Down Under and if it passes the test, it'll be on screens next year.
Walkley-nominated documentarian Patrick Abboud will be the brains behind the show but former Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan will host it.
If you're wondering why she's included in the line-up, well, she had one hell of a catfish story of her own. Donovan revealed she was in a six year online relationship, only to find out the person she was 'dating' wasn't who she thought they were.
She received a call from a random number shortly after her 2005 reality TV show win and despite not knowing who it was or wanting to speak to him, she kept answering his calls.
"When you're on the road as a 16-year-old, you can't go out to pubs and clubs with the other people. You get sent to your room. I was like, 'This is interesting'. It became comfortable to talk to this person every day," she told Andrew Denton on The Interview.
When she finished her Australian Idol tour she came back to Sydney, where this 'Campbell' guy was living but he kept throwing up excuses to not see her.
He sent his friend Olga to hang out and Casey, who never suspected Campbell and Olga could be the same person. Campbell eventually convinced Casey to have sex with Olga, even though she didn't feel right about it.
"I think by that time I was just willing to do anything to see him. My intuition was saying, 'This isn't right, don't be a dickhead' - but I'd put so much effort and time in this that he had to be real. He HAD to," she said.
She eventually found out the truth and wound up up spending a lot of time in therapy, where she got the help she needed. So you can see why she's the perfect fit to help some of the people on the Aussie version of the show.
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