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Reality TV gets serious with NBC's The Wanted

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 19th 2009 9:03AM
NBC's The Wanted is going after the world's terrorists.A new reality show premiering Monday is on a bit more serious quest than giving a D-list celebrity malaria or finding the next pop star. NBC's The Wanted is going after suspected terrorists and war criminals.

The show has already drawn its share of controversy as governmental officials say it could interfere in ongoing criminal and espionage investigations. Media critics are all over it, too -- calling it stunt journalism.

But, NBC is no stranger to such claims. Its investigations into alleged pedophiles on Dateline (To Catch a Predator) went from gritty reporting to police support to sensational pop culture phenomenon.

Predator packed it in after one of its alleged suspects blew his brains out -- drawing a lawsuit. NBC had best have a squadron of lawyers at the ready for this new show if they're going to accuse individuals of being Muslim extremists or escaped Nazi guards.

The counter to the "stunt journalism" argument points to the actual good that Predator (and maybe The Wanted) does through their broadcasts. In addition to putting child abusers behind bars, Dateline called attention to the problem of dangerous online sleaze bags (a legal term). If The Wanted somehow foils a terrorist attack or puts a would-be killer on notice, would that justify its existence?

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Matt

This show is so fake. I give it two more episodes. I can't even find very many reviews on it. Probably because it's so bad. They are driving minivans and pulling ebrakes to chase some guy. Boring. WORST SHOW EVER

July 27 2009 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Norwegian

This episode with Krekar was too funny. "Staking out" behind some shrubberies in an Oslo street (where everybody knows where he lives) and saying "people may be killed if they misjudge the situation". Give me a break, I walk around there all the time, the place is full of students and families and what's not.

By the way, the elite soldiers could just have called him, his number is listed and it takes two second to find it in the phone book.

July 21 2009 at 6:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charlie

Trash! Are you trying to start something? This is awful awful propaganda. It's looks like horrible good guy/ bad guy trash save it for the cartoons or pro wrestling.

July 20 2009 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack

LAME! It is so apparent that the entire show is scripted. It has no natural feel. None of the personnel/actors? appear natural. They look like they are reading a teleprompter. Last time I will watch. Try again.

July 20 2009 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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