The new TV show “We Are Utah” on KSL-TV is 21st century multimedia vaudeville.
The common denominator: all content is “made in Utah.”
It’s quirky, fast-paced, humorous, occasionally in-your-face, almost always over the top — but never boring.
Co-hosts Brooke Walker and Scott Christopher dress like polar extremes — the sophisticated, globe-trotting girl and the down-to-earth “hometown guy,” both anchored by social media coordinator Christina Loumeau, stationed in the Twitter, Facebook and texting center.
Segments vary from three to 10 minutes, which is good. If you don’t like what you’re currently watching, wait a couple of minutes and something you do like might come up next — sort of like self-contained channel surfing.
The 10-minute opening segment, “R You Talented,” should capture a family audience. It briefly features a student from a featured high school, along with the student's family.
Every week, talent from four high schools will be featured in competition for a grand prize of $10,000 for their school.
Episode one featured Kayla Walker, Miss International Drill, of Viewmont High in Bountiful; Daniel Page, juggler extraordinaire, of Davis High School in Kaysville; Libby Stevenson and Landon Blake, ballroom dancers, of Layton High School in Layton; and James Clayton, a barefoot water skier, of Bountiful High School in Bountiful.
Other segments include: “Alex on the Street,” an unscientific exploration of Utah’s behavior behind the wheel; “Utah Eats,” a review of great food found in Utah; “Bob and Jerry’s Bucket List,” where two mature men do things they've always wanted to do before they die; “How’d They Come Up With That?” a search for unusual things and how they came to be; “Third Wheel,” an over-the-top parody of the dating game; and “Get to Work,” featuring the unique and varied ways some Utahns earn a living.
Three iPads are offered at the end of each program as an enticement for viewers to text, Tweet or participate on Facebook during the show.
Texting, Tweeting and Facebooking are all encouraged — before, during and after the show, which airs Monday evenings on KSL-TV from 9 to 10.
Episodes can also be viewed at http://weareutah.ksl.com/.
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia content. Visit her website: www.dramaticdimensions.com.