The future of reality TV <g>

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  1. Joseph DeMartino

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    NBC ADDS ULTIMATE REALITY SHOW
    NY (Reuters) 24 November 2003 - Executives at NBC have announced that what they call "the ultimate reality show" will debut next Fall. "Who Wants to Live to See Next Year" will follow 10 desperately ill people who vie for a life-saving organ transplant. "Who Wants to Live: Kidney" will start shooting in February at new wing of New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital center, built especially for the series. The contestants will be divided into "wards" and compete against each other in a series of elimination events. All will be tissue matched to a single donor, but only the last survivor will get the kidney. "After the ratings started to slip for 'Survivor' and 'Big Brother' and all the other shows, we realized that the public was getting jaded," said VP of Reality Programming Tim Phillips, "It was no longer enough to see an emotional explosion, a personality disintegrate or the possibility of a serious injury. We have to raise the stakes. What's more dramatic than life and death? Drama shows have been mining this area for years, so I don't see why anyone should object. And with all these sick people you have this great sympathy angle. We think it is going to be a ratings monster."
    None of the other networks were willing to comment on the proposed show, and an ABC executive denied that his network was rushing forward with production on "Who Wants to Live to See Next Month" in which 7 people would be buried in an abandoned mine for 30 days with only enough food and water for one person to survive the entire month.
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    This reaks of The Onion..
    But The Onion already did "Who wants to eat a meal" That was funny[​IMG]
     
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    If that's true then that's just going too far.
     
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    To tell the truth, if this is for people who just cannot afford organs and will die anyway, this lets at least one out of 10 get the organ, so in a way it's good.

    At least they're not removing the organ and making them earn it back.
     
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    I'm sure if one had access to a time-machine and went 100 years into the future, assuming the planet is still inhabitated by organic life, television will probably be just 1000s of channels of variations on the theme of people f***ing and killing each other, with one or two channels dedicated to decrying the other channels. [​IMG]
    (BTW, this is not to be construed that I actually believe that organ story [​IMG] )
     
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    Can't wait. Should be awesome. [​IMG]
    Evan
     
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    We already have this. It's called cable.
     
  11. Joseph DeMartino

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    The fact that people (myself included) actually believed for even a moment that this was true speaks volumes of the pure evil that is reality TV. If I did have a time machine, I'd use it to back three or four years and do whatever it took to make sure "Survivor" never got off the ground and starting this dreadful trend. BTW, have I mentioned that I really LOATHE reality TV?
     
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    well.. on a more "serious" note:
    http://www.msnbc.com/news/838813.asp
     
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    This show sounds more like something that Fox would show, not NBC. Of course, it could be turned into a "very special episode of Friends". [​IMG]
     
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    Why don't we round up the executives, produces, hosts, and whoever else was responsible for all the reality shows and make a Battle Royale [​IMG]
     

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