Representatives of NBCUniversal and Shelbyville City Council are close to signing an agreement to have Shelbyville's next city manager chosen by means of a televised reality show competition, according to unnamed sources.
Loof Lirpa of Loof Lirpa Productions, the producer of such past reality hits as "The Real Accountants of Orange County," and "Juggling With The Almost-Celebrities," is expected to be in charge of the series, tentatively entitled "Pencil City Madness." It would air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC, immediately following "Outsourced."
A total of 14 contestants would compete in various local government challenges each week, with one contestant eliminated at the end of each episode by being thrown into the Duck River by a city council member.
Challenges would include a reverse auction to see which contestant can collect residential garbage the most cheaply, a pin-the-zone-on-the-quarry contest, and an obstacle course which must be completed with a copy of the city budget balanced on each contestant's head.
The winning contestant will be offered a 99-year contract subject to cancellation with 30 days notice, along with a supply of products formerly manufactured in Shelbyville, such as hammers, a truck transmission, a box of permanent markers and a set of tires.
Reportedly, city officials are holding out for a provision in the contract that NBCUniversal pick up the funding for the city's annual Independence Day fireworks display.
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