Middle Eastern Reality Show Explores America An MTV-style reality show has begun airing in the Middle East. On the Road in America is a 12-part series that follows four Arab students discovering America.
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Middle Eastern Reality Show Explores America

Middle Eastern Reality Show Explores America

Middle Eastern Reality Show Explores America

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The cast of On the Road in America, a reality show airing in the Middle East. From left: Jordanian Mohamed Abou-Ghazal, Egyptian Ali Amr, Palestinian Lara Abou Saifan and Saudi Sanad Al Kubaissi. Leon Shahabian/Layalina Productions Inc. hide caption

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The cast of On the Road in America, a reality show airing in the Middle East. From left: Jordanian Mohamed Abou-Ghazal, Egyptian Ali Amr, Palestinian Lara Abou Saifan and Saudi Sanad Al Kubaissi.

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On the Road in America is a 12-part series that follows four Arab students as they hit the highways and explore the United States. The MTV-style reality show began airing in the Middle East in January.

The cast members include Ali Amr from Egypt; Sanad Al Kubaissi from Saudi Arabia; and Mohamed Abou-Ghazal from Lebanon. And there's Lara Abou Saifan, a Palestinian production assistant who serves as the link between the cast and the crew.

The show is produced by Layalina Productions, where the board of advisers reads like potential members of an American foreign-policy commission: Henry Kissinger, Lawrence Eagleburger, Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton, to name only a few.

Executive producer Jerome Gary and director Lara Abou Saifan discuss the show's premise, impressions of America and the process of broadcasting the group's experiences in the United States to a Middle Eastern audience.