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Jun. 19th, 2004

Watching "Joe Schmo 2" on MTV. Normally I'm not enamored of reality TV, but this show is bloody hilarious. As it turns out, all but two of the participants are actors. There are truly moments of brilliance as a parody of dating shows.

Could this recent bump of fake-reality TV shows be signing the death knell for reality TV? I mean, when a concept is embraced so thoroughly by all of the networks that it saturates the airwaves enough to inspire multiple parody shows, can the end be far away?

On one hand, reality shows are cheap to produce. At least relative to elaborate scripted shows. A reality show may be a couple thousand per episode, compared to hundreds of thousands or even millions. I mean, most of the commercials shown during the show have bigger budgets than each episode. That's not something that the networks are going to ignore.

But if people in general are getting tired of reality TV as it exists, then something else needs to come in to take its place.

So:

If you were called upon to come up with The Next Big Thing in TV shows, what would it be?

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revdj
Jun. 20th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
I've had this idea for a prime-time game show for a while.

You take two experts in a given field. Let's say race-car drivers: Mario Andretti and Jeff Schmake. (I made up the last one. I only know one famous race-car driver)

They each are given a contestant, and have 24 hours to teach them basic competence in their given field. In this example, Mario and Jeff would each get someone who has never driven a car before in their life. Maybe Mario would get a 16 year old, and Jeff would get an 80 year old.

The show consists of clips and edits from each person's 24 hours. The humor and fun would be seeing the frustration and impatience of the master trying to teach the newbie.

At the end, the master's shake the newbie's hands and say "good luck" and then the newbies have a contest (in our example, perhaps driving on a track with cones or other sorts of mild obstacles) and the winner gets a lot of money.

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