Formats from Hell

Tell me no lies...
January 1, 2000

Tell me no lies

Who says military technology’s only purpose is to wreak death and destruction? Los Angeles-based prodco Twentieth Television, for example, has found a civilian use for a lie detector originally developed for the Israeli military – a syndicated strip show called Truster. According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, guests will be hooked up to the highly sensitive machine and questioned by host Nancy Glass. The true test will be whether the lie detector foils someone fibbing about secrets like an extramarital fling or financial debacle. (Maybe the military’s original purpose will be served after all…) SR

Om sweet om

Got a problem? The color of your walls may be behind it. Or maybe your furniture is ill-positioned. Perhaps you need more positive psychic properties in your home. That’s the premise of House Busters, a lifestyle series from U.K. prodco Action Time. Each week, an individual in need of help (…it’s too easy) consults with House Busters’ raft of color

therapists, psychic specialists and feng shui experts and picks his or her favorite solution to vanquish the bad vibes. (Me, I just shop.) SR

It’s your fault

MTV is rolling out a new game show which combines a court show (proven doc format winner) with teen relationship angst (proven marketing winner). In The Blame Game, contestants will try to prove that their other half was responsible for their break-up. A jury made up of the studio audience will decide who’s ultimately to blame.

In the immortal words of Rodney King, ‘Why can’t we all just get along?’ BC

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About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.