What Were They Thinking?
know, I come from a classic game show background. And
recapping I have come to love and hate certain reality
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...
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
GIRLS=3 DAYS, GUYS= 10 DAYS
*SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY ASAP* TAMI BRANDEL
Synopsis: Pilot for a sophisticated Dating show for NBC.
Fun concept...no hot tubs or making out...very classy
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
Or maybe I could be just upset I lost this week on Beat
The Block 11-4. Who knows?
the record, Jason Block's record
is still better than NBC's when it comes to this sort of
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