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Although Fox swore it was pulling itself out of the programming nether-regions (which spawned the veritably Shakespearean Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire), it has already reneged with the release of Temptation Island.
February 1, 2001

Truth is saucier than fiction

Although Fox swore it was pulling itself out of the programming nether-regions (which spawned the veritably Shakespearean Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire), it has already reneged with the release of Temptation Island. Basically, four couples will test the strength of their relationships by seeing how long they survive on an island populated with buxom and just-barely-censor-clearing nubiles.

After some of last year’s reality series took unexpected hits once shooting had already begun, Fox decided to be responsible and have all the show’s participants tested for sexually transmitted diseases. When asked by a critic, however, if Fox would be supplying contestants with condoms, Fox Television chairman Sandy Grushow puritanically replied: ‘I’m not going to glorify that question with a response.’

Interesting reaction, but just answer the question.

Full-Neilson ratings

The WWF (the World Wrestling Federation, not the World Wildlife Federation) is teaming up with MTV to produce a13-part series which will not involve an island, but rather the squared circle of the wrestling world. Called Tough Enough, the series will choose 12 male and female contestants from a group of candidates, and put them through a grueling nine-week wrestling school, narrowing the field each week until only two wrestlers remain. While the winners will not see a seven-figure payoff, they will be given wwf contracts, and enter the wonderful world of professional wrestling.

Wasn’t this an Ice-T movie?

In the U.S., the United Paramount Network (UPN) plans to air a new reality game show called Manhunt in midseason. Each episode of the six-part series will pit human ‘prey’ against ‘hunters’ who try to track them down in the wilds of a remote Hawaiian island. According to a UPN release: ‘[The hunters will be] armed with laser rifles, snares, booby traps, and other tricks and devices designed to ferret out the fleeing prey.’ The action will be captured on fixed cameras, by roving camera operators, as well as on ‘hunter’ and ‘prey’ cams. In the name of conservation, ‘hunters’ are restricted as to their daily catch (really), and as of press time, upn had not announced the name of the series taxidermist.

Art imitating reality

USA Films will soon introduce Series 7, a production based on a life and death fictional reality show called The Contenders. Each week, five new contenders are picked from the general population by lottery, given a gun and their own cameraman, then turned loose to kill the other contestants in order to try to win their freedom. The main character is Dawn, a champion with 10 kills to her credit (who also happens to be eight-months pregnant), who is close to being set free – optimistically within the next 30 days.

Considering the disposition of most women who are eight-months pregnant, hopefully the fictional series producers limited her ammo supply.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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