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


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!

Friday, July 23, 2004

Shock Jock

Howard Stern is on the way out.  But who is going to take his place?  Who is going to be the next big thing?  Find out on Shock Jock.

This show is a perfect union of radio and television.  Contestants would compete for a job being the morning shock jock for a syndicated radio broadcast.  Competitions would be held each week to decide which two DJs would go to the elimination round and decide who stays on the show.  These competitions would include something like coming up with the best advertisements for companies who would endorse the radio show or doing the best radio-style  interview.  The winner of the competition would then pick their opponent for the elimination round.  The elimination round would pit the two DJs against each other in a head to head competition; the competition being that each DJ would get one morning during the week to put on a radio show.  The person who puts on the better radio show gets to stay; the other person is eliminated.  Viewers of the TV show/listeners of the radio show would be in charge of who put on the better radio show and would be the ones to vote off the weaker DJ.  

The elimination format would provide an interesting aspect to the game.  If a contestant throws the competition that leads to the elimination round, they have a chance of not being voted off by the viewers/listeners.  If they can succeed at this long enough, they have less competition towards the end of the show.  They would lack the experience of doing the radio show though.  Also, they might get picked by the winner of the competition leading to the elimination round, meaning they do not get to pick their own competition.  On the flip side, if a contestant wins the competition to go to the elimination round, they can pick their opponent, but they then stand the chance of being eliminated themselves if their opponent ends up putting on a better radio show.  If they win, however, it chalks one up for them in the experience column, presumably making the next time easier.  This format makes for a lot of different strategies to be tried.

Shock Jock!  Coming this fall!  (Well, it would be cool if it was at least.) 

Thursday, July 22, 2004

The Polygamist

This show would be something akin to The Bachelor.  A man would get put up in a nice, fancy house, or maybe an island resort, along with ten women.  Each week one of these women would be eliminated until there was just one woman left.  The winning woman would get $100,000 and the opportunity to spend the rest of her life with the man.  The twist is that the man does not do any of the eliminating; his wives do.  They would never meet any of the ten women on the show during its filming, but would review footage of the interactions between them and their husband; the contestant women would not know this or the fact that the man even had other wives.

During the finale the winning woman would be presented with her money, and the opportunity to triple it.  After she inquires how to do this (trust me, she will), the man's other wives would be presented to her.  If she decides to stay with the man, now fully aware of the fact he is married to not just one, but multiple women, she would be awarded with an additional $200,000.  To throw in a twist for the audience, the true identity of the wives would not be revealed until the finale.  Imagine the shock everyone would have when the found out the council of women choosing which lady was right turned out to be the man's wives.  It's so wrong; people would love it.

Well, that's enough for today.


Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Baptist and the Boozer

One Bible-belt Baptist from dry-county USA, check.  One full-blown drunk, check.  One studio  apartment, check.

For one full month a devout Baptist and a drunken slob will live together in a small studio apartment in San Francisco.  If they make it the full month without quitting on each by moving out, they both win $300,000 a piece.  If a contestant quits, they are awarded no prize money; the remaining contestant is awarded $30,000.  The reduced prize for the remaining contestant is incentive for them to try and keep the other person on the show, even though that may be the last thing they want.

To make things interesting, the drunk must hold a Bible study with the Baptist for an hour every day, and it has to be interactive, so as the drunk cannot just sit there and fall asleep while the Baptist preaches to him.  The Baptist must spend an hour a day in the bar with the drunk, and pick the drunk up from the bar if ever a ride is needed.  They will also have to accomplish different teamwork oriented tasks every few days.

Will the Baptist be driven to drinking?  Will the drunk be brought to the light?  Tune in and watch!