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What Were They Thinking?
Jason Block

As you know, I come from a classic game show background. And through
recapping I have come to love and hate certain reality shows.

Since Gordon Pepper and I live very close in area we speak practically every day. So when I got a phone call from him the other day with a casting notice, I nearly fell out of my chair. He then sent me the email. I publish it with the full intent of showing you what certain executive producers have in mind...

GROUNDHOG DATE
Pilot
NBC
NON-UNION

Casting Director: Tami Brandel
Interviews: auditions will be Wed 9/28 for girls and Thursday 9/29 for guys
Shoots: Taping sometime between Oct. 18 - Oct 31
Rate: $150/DAY
GIRLS=3 DAYS, GUYS= 10 DAYS

Location: LA

*SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY ASAP* TAMI BRANDEL

Synopsis: Pilot for a sophisticated Dating show for NBC. Fun concept...no hot tubs or making out...very classy show.

NBC is taking the feature films "Groundhog Day" and "50 First Dates" and producing a reality show pilot based on their concepts. We are looking for 1 girl and 1 guy to be featured on this dating show. Our gentlemen with have 3 dates or chances to make an impression on our one lady. The catch is that our lady will undergo hypnosis after each date to forget our gentleman and the evening they have spent together. She will be going on 3 dates with our gentleman, yet the hypnosis allows her to have the impression that it is their first meeting each time. During the intermediate time between dates, the gentleman will be improving himself and his chances to make a better "first impression" based on the information he learns on the previous date(s). At the end of the 3 dates the lady will be given a "code word" that will allow her to remember the past 3 dates and therefore make a qualified decision as to a future with this gentleman. END OF THE SHOW. No competitions, no getting engaged or married, no other women or men.

Now, when I read this I thought two things:

a) This is the stupidest concept I have ever seen since "Who's Your Daddy?"

And more importantly,

b) ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND, PEOPLE?

This is what upsets me about executives. They would rather cater to the 18-24 demographic than try out another quiz show. ESPN would rather burn "Stump the Schwab" in the middle of the night than promote it properly and make it a hit. It just burns me that they would stoop to this level instead of doing something right.

Or maybe I could be just upset I lost this week on Beat The Block 11-4. Who knows?

For the record, Jason Block's record is still better than NBC's when it comes to this sort of thing. E-mail him at jb.regis@verizon.net.

 

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