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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.

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FOX orders pilot for Smile, You're Under Arrest

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2007 12:02PM

Sheriff Joe Arpaio I've never understood the term "guilty pleasure." I figure that if I enjoy something -- a song, a TV show, a movie, etc, I shouldn't feel guilty about it. Yeah, so I have a couple REO Speedwagon songs on my iPod, what of it?

The only TV show that kinda falls into the "guilty pleasure" category for me is Cops. I never make a point of watching it, but when it's on, I can't turn it off. Still, the whole time that tiny angel sits on my shoulder telling me I really shouldn't get my entertainment through the misery of others.

And so, it's with the utmost hypocrisy that I tell you how much I dislike the idea behind the new FOX series, Smile, You're Under Arrest. The series will trick individuals with outstanding warrants into thinking they're being awarded with prizes or money when in fact the police are waiting to arrest them. The concept comes from the brain of producer Scott Satin (Who Wants to Be a Superhero?), who is working with the (in)famous Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriff (Arizona) whose tough stance on criminals has garnered him scorn from some and accolades from others.

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Ice Cube to help criminals reform with new reality series

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 15th 2007 11:01AM

ice cubeIce Cube is producing a new reality series pilot for A&E called Good in the Hood. The plan is for each episode to be introduced by Ice Cube and then focus on a former gang member, drug dealer or robber as they try to help somebody in a similar situation turn their life around.

I've expressed my distaste for reality programming in the past, but this is a good example of how many sub-genres existed within the reality show genre, and not all of them are that bad. I really like the idea of people who once took from society do what they can to give something back, and to understand that it is possible to change. It's a great idea, and if done well, I think A&E may have another hit on its hands.

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Soca, ho!

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 10th 2006 1:32PM

soca thundercatsHere's a question. What does that logo on the right remind you of? Anyone?

Well, if you're around my age, it might remind you of a cartoon from the 80s called Thundercats. In fact, it looks a lot like the Thundercats logo. So what is it for? Is there some brand new Thundercats cartoon coming our way? Perhaps a movie? For the love of god, someone help me, I can't stop ending my sentences with question marks? I'm serious, I can't stop?

Sorry, got lost there for a second. Anyway, the logo has nothing to do with Thundercats, it was created for the UK's new crime prevention organization, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). The resemblance is coincedental, but you have to admit if they had the same weapons and resources the Thundercats did, they'd be able to take out all the bad guys in the world within a year. Not to mention they'd be prepared for any unforseen mummy attacks

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Are all these people deaf?

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 4th 2006 1:29PM
burglarEven the most realistic shows require us to suspend some disbelief. While a show may try its best to recreate a situation that's believable we as an audience have to accept that there will be things which would never occur in real life.

For example, there's the unwritten law of TV shows that states two or more people can discuss illegal activities, quite loudly, while in public and surrounded by strangers, and no one will hear them. If you keep an eye out for it, you'll notice it all the time. Criminals will meet in restaurants and chat about their plans to murder someone as if they're talking about the weather. Detectives will discuss top secret cases while walking along bustling city streets. What's even stranger than discussing these things so loudly and within earshot of everyone else is the idea that they found it necessary to come to a public place to discuss it in the first place. Of course, sometimes a show must do that in order to create a sense of atmosphere, and that's fine, it is just TV after all. Still, I find it amusing to imagine real criminals behaving this way. It would certainly make for easier arrests.

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