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, August 14, 2004

The Director

Remember the movie "The Blair Witch Project?" That movie was absolutely awful. It was not scary in the least, and it was horribly boring. According to The Internet Movie Database (http://www.imdb.com), the budget for the movie was an estimated $35,000. Granted, that is an extremely low budget, but it is still no excuse for making a movie that horrendous. After watching it, I was seriously mad and wanted the hour and a half of my life I had just wasted back. I am so confident a better movie can be made with the same budget, that I am giving five unknown directors the chance to try. My guess is five better movies will be produced.

The Director will follow the directors as they film their movies. Once the five movies are completed, they will be available as downloads on the website of whatever network decides to air them, and will be shown in select theatres throughout the United States. The reason for not airing them on TV is because the directors would then have to follow TV guidelines, and I do not want them to be constrained in that manner. So, unless HBO or Showtime decides to pick up the series, the five movies will have to be either downloaded or seen in theatres.

Where is the competition you ask? I was getting there. When the movies are made available to the public, a poll will be placed on the network's website to vote for the best movie. The polls will be open for one month, to ensure that everyone has ample time to view each movie. At the end of the month, the movie with the most votes is the winner. The director who wins will then be given $5,000,000 to produce a movie, which will be a large scale theatrical release, and will have the promotional costs paid for by the network.

Think you have directing chops and want to test them? Pitch your concept to The Director. Want to see a low budget movie worth watching? Watch The Director.

Friday, August 13, 2004

NASCAR Dreams

Here is a stroke of genius - a reality TV show with a fan base that already exists. Now, I know there are one or two NASCAR fans out there, and I am sure one or two of them have probably dreamed of becoming a driver. NASCAR Dreams offers that chance.

Twelve contestants, with racing experience, will compete to be a driver in the Nextel Cup series. They will compete weekly in short races of their own on different tracks that they would race on during actual NASCAR events. There will be a points system the same as the Nextel Cup series, and whomever has the most points by the shows finale will be the winning driver. It will almost be like a NASCAR Jr.

The show will be aired twice a week. The first show of the week will be a more personal, meet the drivers and watch them interact with each other and their teams, type of show. NASCAR fans tend to be quite devoted to their favorite drivers, so this will allow them to form that bond. The second show of the week will be the race. The races will be intense, because instead of being the first to finish x amount of laps, the winner is the one who completes the most laps in an hour. The change is due to the fact that this is a reality TV show and not actually NASCAR; it has to fit the normal format, so races cannot last three to four hours. For the show's finale, though, the race will be formatted like an actual NASCAR race.

If you like NASCAR, be sure to tune in to NASCAR Dreams. If you do not like NASCAR, watch it anyway.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

The Longest Day

I came up with this concept while I was extremely tired. So it may not be the greatest, but it is what I have.

Ten people compete to see who can stay awake the longest. The winner gets $100,000. They will be put up in a house and provided with as much sugar and caffeine as they need. Every twelve hours, those that are still awake will perform different challenges, each worth an additional $5,000. The first couple of challenges will be more physical than mental, mainly to wear the contestants out. After twenty-four hours, the challenges will begin to transition to be more mental.

The show may start out slow, but as it goes on it should become ever more interesting; the thought processes of someone who has been awake for two or three days are not the sharpest. It will be interesting to see how incoherent people become.

So, if you are bored, and there is not a whole lot else on, go ahead and give The Longest Day a watch.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Pole to Pole

Yes, I realize there is a Michael Palin series by the same name, but I really could not think of a better one. And yes, I realize this may mirror his series somewhat, but keep in mind, his series was not a competition reality TV show.

Two teams will race against each other from the South Pole to the North Pole. The first to arrive in the North Pole is the winner of $1,000,000 (the other team wins $100,000) They cannot fly, except to get off of Antarctica. From there, the rest must be traveled by land, except where it is absolutely necessary to travel by boat, and they must take the shortest route possible to cross the water. On land, the teams can take any route they want, and use any means of land transportation necessary.

The teams do not necessarily have to travel through South America and North America. If they think it would be quicker to cross through Australia and Asia, they are welcome to try. But remember, that would mean they fly to the closest airstrip from Antarctica in Australia and then they have to cross the rest of the continent by means of land transportation, which may be a trick when going through the untamed outback. Once they crossed though, they would have to island hop until they got to the Asian landmass; they cannot simply take a boat from Australia to the Asian landmass because that is not the shortest distance between landmasses by boat. But who knows, it still may be easier than crossing through South and Central America. That is for the individual teams to decide.

For continent hopping, Jules Verne-esque racing excitement, tune in to Pole to Pole!

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Kidnapped

Ten people will be kidnapped. Sort of.

Ten contestants will be on a bus which they believe will be headed to the location of the reality TV show they thought they signed up for. While on the way there, the bus will be hijacked. Blanks will be fired at the driver, who of course is an actor and will have blood packs on him, and the contestants will be gassed. Once they are gassed, they will be herded into two vans and taken to a warehouse. At the warehouse, individual padded cells will await them. They will be told they have been taken hostage and will not be released until a ransom is paid, and each day the ransom is not paid, one of them will be killed. Almost as an afterthought, the head kidnapper will add that since they were on the way to film a reality TV show, they must vote for who will be killed each day the ransom is not paid. With an evil laugh, the kidnappers will then leave.

Of course nobody is actually going to be killed or physically harmed, other than the gas and maybe a little rough handling. It will be an absolute emotional nightmare for them though. They will be under the full belief that they have been kidnapped and face death if a ransom is not paid. And to top it off, they must decide who to send to slaughter. Once a contestant is removed from the holding room to be "killed," their family and friends will be awaiting them along with $200,000 cash. So really, they do not have to do anything but sit in a cell, for no more than ten days, and they get a big pile of money. Sure, it sounds easy enough. Right.

The cells will be padded so contestants cannot harm themselves. They will be individual cells so contestants cannot rebel. They will be able to communicate with each other, since they must vote to send someone away, but they will not be within arm's reach of each other, or be able to pass objects. They will be fed and cells will contain some form of bathroom facilities; I am not that inhumane.

So if you are a really twisted person who wants to see absolutely pure fear and hopelessness, be sure to watch Kidnapped.


Monday, August 09, 2004

Garage Band

I know you are all thinking you have seen this before on Making the Band and whatever the name of that show was on VH 1 (was it Band on the Run?), but I assure you, this will be different.

First, the bands on this show will already be formed. This show is not about assembling a band.

Second, the bands on this show will not be touring the nation, playing gigs in big cities. The bands on this show will all be unsigned and completely unknown. They will be in the earliest stages of a band. They will only have a few shows, at most, on the local level, and by local I mean they are playing shows in their home towns only. And by home towns I mean they are from cities with populations under 50,000, and are not a suburb of a larger city. Basically, they are garage bands in the literal sense.

So if the bands are this small-time, what on Earth is the show going to be about and what are they competing for? The winning band will receive a free recording deal and a gig in a major city (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit; something along those lines).

There will be five bands on the show, each from a different city. In each city they are from, a battle of the bands will be put on featuring these five bands. The band that finishes the highest overall, which will be determined by the sum of the percentage of votes they receive in each city, is the show's winner. In the event of a tie, the tied bands will compete one more time in a neutral city.

This will be music in its rawest form. It may be good, it may be bad, but it will be original and pure. Be sure to watch, because you just may be witnessing the fledgling stages of a major headliner.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Day Laborer

Here is a quick way to build up your resume - get a different job every day for one month. That is what the contestants of Day Laborer will be doing.

Ten contestants will be given housing in a New York City apartment for one month. The contestants will be comprised of people who do not have experience doing manual labor, which working as a day laborer often involves. Each day they will have to go and find a different job as a day laborer. The person who makes the most money in the one month period wins $250,000. Contestants cannot work for the same person twice, but they can do the same type of work more than once (for example: they can unload crates at the docks more than once, but not for the same person). If a contestant cannot find work for the day, they are out of luck. Also, contestants cannot participate in illegal activities; sorry, no pimping or hooking allowed. But the jobs they can find should still be interesting, and remember, they are not used to getting their hands dirty.

If you are looking for the chance to score a lot of fast cash and want to build up your resume, be sure to audition for Day Laborer.