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 31, 2004


There are still quite a few live mines in South-East Asia - remnants of the Vietnam War era. Wouldn't it be nice if somebody cleaned them up? Wouldn't it be even better if we could watch from home as the jungle floor was swept of bouncing-betties, constantly wondering if one is about to go off? Sure, if you are extremely morbid, and I am betting there are enough of you out there that are.

Contestants on Minesweeper will be provided with training on how to locate and disarm mines and the tools to do so. The winner is whomever finds the most mines in two weeks. If a contestant is maimed, or sets a mine off, they are eliminated. At the end of each day all of the swept mines will be piled up and destroyed, so the audience will get to see at least one explosion, though no one should be harmed in this one. The prize is the knowledge that you may have saved someone's life. Not enough you say? Alright, I will throw in $500,000 too.

This show will be driven by the allure of seeing other people injured. And yes, that is enough to base a show on; all America's Funniest Home Videos ever had to offer was guys getting whacked in the groin. If that show could make it, this one should have no problem.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Disney World Goths

What happens when you throw a bunch of miserable, life-hating, pasty goths down in sunny Florida to work at the happiest place on Earth? I don't know, but I bet it would be fun to watch!

The show would feature eight goths who would get summer jobs at Disney World. If they manage to work the whole summer without getting fired or quitting, they earn an additional $50,000 each. All of them would be assigned day shifts (dealing with beautiful, sunny days is part of the torment) for different jobs. The jobs would have to be jobs that force them to work with the public and at least put on a happy face, such as dressing up as Micky and Minnie Mouse or working as a life guard at the children's pool. They cannot room together either; in fact their actual contact with each other will probably be fairly limitted.

Will their anguish see them through the summer? Will their hearts be warmed by the sunshine and happy atmosphere? Will "It's A Small World Afterall" replace Cradle of Filth in their CD players, or will it drive them insane? Tune in and see!

Thursday, July 29, 2004


Here is one for the History Channel.

Magellan is a show with a simple concept: a crew will set out on a voyage replicating that of the great Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. They will follow his path and use technology similar to what was available to him. The show will basically feature how the crew is doing and how they are handling the situation. It may not be an overly exciting concept for a regular network, but it would be great for the history buffs who watch the History Channel.

Sorry for such a short concept today, but I wanted to touch on something else. Take a look at Tuesday's post Inner-City Amish (Tuesday, July 27, 2004). In it I mention doing a spin-off of the show called Little House in the Hood, which would feature five Amish teenagers who move into the inner-city for a month. Well guess what premiered last night (Wednesday, July 28, 2004)? A show called Amish in the City was premiered. I did not get a chance to catch the show, but apparently it follows five young Amish adults that move into the city as some sort of right of passage. I swear to God I had no idea that this show was being made. What is worse is that since it premiered a day after I posted it, the show was already filmed and edited well before I came up with the idea, so I cannot claim it as being my own original that they stole. But, on the bright-side, it does mean that I am coming up with ideas that are fit for television. Maybe one will get picked up yet.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


This show would really mess with the people on it.  Eight to ten people would be put up in a large apartment under the belief they were on some Real World style reality TV show.   This pretense would have to be kept until the end of the show, so they would have to complete tasks and do confessionals, and all of the other things that are normally involved with reality TV.  The difference would come during the night when they are sleeping.

Each person on the show would have their own (soundproofed) bedroom.  Each bedroom would have a secret panel exiting the main part of the apartment.  While a person is sleeping, they would be "abducted" by people dressed in full alien costume.  They would be taken through the secret panel to what would seem to be an alien lab, filled with horrific looking instruments and machines.  Once in the room, they would be strapped to a table and then put under with an anesthetic gas.  Nothing further would be done to them.  They would wake up in the morning in their own bed, unsure if their terrifying experience was real or the most realistic nightmare they have ever experienced.  Every few nights a different person would be abducted, but only half of the total contestants would be messed with until the show neared completion.  Basically, this is to make the contestants who have not been abducted think they other ones are crazy if they start to talk about their experiences.  And to make those that have been abducted question their own sanity.

In order for people not to catch on that they are just being toyed with, a lot will have to go into making the whole experience seem real.  They costumes and make-up must look like actual flesh.  The lab would have to be full of sci-fi looking instrument panels and props.  Contestants cannot know they are simply being taken through a panel in the wall, so they would have to be blindfolded in some manner when taken through it, which may seem difficult, but if they are held down and the costumes are good, they will be too terrified to realize it is only a black cloth bag that is being placed over their heads.  The secret panel should probably not lead directly to the lab, but to a small room filled with some assortment of light, noise, a fan, water, or whatever the set people come up with to make it seem like they are being transported a great distance and not just a few feet.

In the shows finale, the contestants will be taken to the lab and shown all the props and costumes so they can realize it was all a hoax. 

So, if you are spiteful and feel like completely toying with people's sanity, make sure you watch Abducted.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Inner-City Amish

Five teenagers will be pulled out of Compton and placed into five different Amish families in the middle of Amish country Ohio.  All they have to do is hack the life for one month, and they win $25,000.  Nothing too difficult; they just have to help with all of the chores and be able to tolerate living without electricity, television, the internet, cell phones, and all of the other amenities they have had their entire life.  And they will have to dress the part.  The show will basically follow them through the month and show how they are handling the transition.  That should be entertaining enough.  The shows tagline: Straight outta Compton - to the butter churn.

If this show does well, there is always the possibility of a spin-off of it which would send five Amish teenagers to Compton for a month.  The life will likely involve far less physical labor than they are used to, but it will be just as much of a culture shock.  Who knows, maybe they will even get to experience a drive-by or two.  Little House in the Hood seems appropriate enough of a title for the spin-off.  This one's tagline: Ezekiel meets Easy E.

I could come up with all kinds of culture swapping shows, so you may see some more in the future.

Monday, July 26, 2004

The Patients

Two actors.  Seven psychologists.  One TV show.  The Patients.

The Patients will feature two actors who will fake a severe mental disability.  They will reside in a psychiatriac ward for four weeks, with one of seven different doctors examining each of them every day for one hour.  The doctors will be told that only one of the two contestants is faking their disability and are to determine which one is the fake.  Besides being able to hold a weekly session with them once a week, the doctors will be allowed to observe the actors behavior with the other patients in the ward.  They will not, however, be allowed to share notes with each other, or collaborate on a decision.  At the end of the four weeks the doctors will each cast their vote for who they believe is the fake.  The contestant that receives fewer votes, meaning his act was more believable, wins $250,000.

The actors/contestants will each be assigned the same disability and will be a allowed to research it before the show.  Extensive research will be necessary as they will not be allowed to break character at all for the four weeks, save for half an hour each day when they will be taken to a separate room and report how they are handling the situation to a camera crew.  The doctors will simply be told both are needed to go into the room so they cannot tell which is the fake.  It will be a grueling test of both the actors ability and their endurance at maintaining character.  Will they be able to handle it?  Watch and see!

Sunday, July 25, 2004

He or She?

Alright, the last couple of entries I have made were not really so over the top.  Today I will make up for that.  Today's entry could only ever be played on Fox.

He or She? would be a elimination style dating show.  Ten women and ten cross-dressing men would compete for the heart of the show's starring man.  The starring man knows that ten of the twenty are cross-dressing men; he just does not know which ones.  None of the ten women know anything about any cross-dressing men, and none of the cross-dressing men know which are women and which are cross-dressers.  Each week, the starring man will kick off one of the pool of twenty, but it will not be revealed to him whether it was a man or a woman he kicked off.  He will be allowed to take them on dates to try and determine their sexes.  On these dates though, he is not allowed to feel up his date below the waist (feel down?) or ask them if they are really a man, or even imply that he knows there might be a difference.  He can talk to them about anything else though, and if he wants to judge by a kiss, that is fine too.

The viewers will be notified each week whether it was a man or woman that was kicked off of the show until there are only five men or five women left, whichever comes first.  If a woman is the last of the original twenty competitors (meaning the starring man has eliminated all others), the starring man wins $500,000 and the satisfaction of knowing that he was correctly able to tell man from woman.  If the last of the original twenty competitors is a cross-dressing man, the cross-dresser wins $500,000, while the starring man receives $25,000 and a video tape of all of the dates he had with the winning cross-dressing man.   During the finale, each competitor's real identity will be revealed to the starring man after he has made his final decision.

There, is that over the top enough for you?  Does the possibility of a man kissing another man that looks like a really hot woman intrigue you?  Good, but you're a sick, sick person.