Reality TV Concepts

Looking to kill some time? Then check out these crazy reality TV ideas! Every day I will add a new, probably over the top, concept for a reality TV show; I figure there is no way I can do much worse than what is already on TV. Remember, this all just for fun (unless of course one of my ideas is picked up by a television network, in which case I expect some compensation), so do not be offended by anything. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Klondike

Remember the good old days of the rough and tough gold miners who braved nature and each other for the chance to strike it rich?  Of course you don't; you were not even born yet (if you were, I give you credit for knowing how to use a computer to find and read this blog)!  But I bet if there would have been video cameras around back then, it would have made one hell of a TV show.  That is why I bring you Klondike.

As the title of the show implies, this is going to take place in the famous Klondike region of the Yukon Territory.  And since I am sick of reality TV show contestants working on their tans in warm weather, this is going to be filmed in the late fall going into winter.  That's right, no swimsuits and sunglasses here; this is going to feature parkas and scraggly beards.

The show will feature ten teams of three, each of which will be given an active claim.  They will be provided with very basic tools to work with: pick axes, lanterns, sleeping bags, cold weather clothing, a lighter, a couple of pots and pans, a knife, and a weekly ration of baked beans.  The winning team will be the team who has mined the most gold by the show's finale.  There will be a weekly measurement of how much gold teams have mined, at which time there will be extra supplies and other food available for sale.   The form of currency is gold.  Teams must, however, make all of their purchases before the gold is measured.  It will be a gamble spending money on supplies and rations, because, in addition to the fact that the gold spent does not count towards a teams total, the team with the most gold for the week will receive access to another claim for the following week.  So if a team spends six ounces of gold for a roast and some potatoes for the week, they might end up two ounces short of having more gold than the winner who only bought some extra matches, and therefore, loose out on the extra claim. 

This may seem interesting, but still dull right now.  To counter that, in the spirit of the devious miners of old, sabotage and theft if allowed and encouraged.  The only rules for this are that teams cannot steal the original supplies provided, cannot steal mined gold (this does not mean they could not steal un-mined gold), and they cannot directly physically harm other teams (no fights, no killing).  That leaves a lot of doors open though.  Want to extinguish their fire and steal their firewood?  Go ahead!  Thought those steaks one of the teams bought looked good, but you didn't feel like spending the gold?  Steal them!  Just do not get caught doing it; if a team is caught in the act, they must immediately leave the other team's claim and now the assaulted team knows who messed with them.  But to aid in this sabotage, teams can purchase Notification- for a hefty price.  Notification is exactly what it sounds like; a team who purchases notification is notified when members of another team are all busy mining or sabotaging another team, and not tending their own camp.  This helps ensure for the maximum amount of sabotage to be done by attacking when there is the least likelihood of being caught.

Aright, now that all of that is established, what is the prize for the winning team?  Whatever they mine.  Whatever they mine, and whatever one other team mines.  On the first day of the show, each team will pick one other teams whose gold they will receive if they win.  But teams only know who they themselves chose.  This creates another dynamic, in that not only does a team want to do well for themselves, but they will want the other team who they picked to do well also.

Gold.  Sabotage.  Men with scraggly beards.  Maybe a sasquatch siting.  All this and more awaits those who brave the Klondike!


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