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Periodically, they have "celebrity" episodes of game shows, in which celebrities compete against each other with their winnings going to charity. "Celebrity Jeopardy!" and "Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" are a couple I've seen.
Anyway, the hot game show these days is "Survivor," which
strikes me as being uniquely suited to the "celebrity game show for charity" format. Maroon 16 celebrities on a desert island, one voted off per week, with the winner collecting all sorts of charitable contributions, plus oodles of publicity.
(An even better version would involve taking 16 celebrities to a desert island and leaving them there, but might be hard to implement...)
I'm a Celebrity! Get Me Out Of Here!
This has been a runaway success in the UK and now it's going across the pond [monkeyseemonkeydo, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]
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||Considering how skinny the original Survivor castaways got during their stay on the island, I wouldn't recommend putting Kate Moss, Calista Flockhart, or any other celebrity waif on the show. They might waste away completely.
||(Again, this may not be a bad idea....)
||Big Thor: Kate Moss actually was one of my original choices. Along with Joan Rivers, Drew Carey, Dennis Rodman, Alicia Silverstone, Kid Rock, Rose Gowan, Ted Nugent, Cher, Adam Carolla, John Cusack, Chris Rock, Jackie Chan, Tonya Harding and Madeline Albright.
||(Imagine the plotlines! Will vegan Alicia Silverstone eat beetle larvae? Will Kate Moss eat anything? What wacky misunderstandings can be generated between Kid Rock and Chris Rock? Will Dennis Rodman ever forgive Rose Gowan for marrying Marilyn Manson before he could? Will Joan Rivers ever forgive Dennis Rodman for his clothes? Will Drew Carey and Ted Nugent form a "Midwestern Carnivores" alliance and kill and butcher one of the other contestants for protein? If it's Cher, will we finally find out whether she's organic? Will Madeline Albright assemble a "peacekeeping" force to deal with rogue nation/ice skater Tonya Harding?)
||Since the others are unworthy to be in his presence, Ted Nugent will prevail.
||One of the things I love about
Survivor is watching a group of
complete strangers learn how to
interact with each other. Even if
they manage to get 16 celebrities
who have never met each other,
they are still going to either know
things or assume things about
each other, based on their
inevitable public celebrity lives. I'd
much rather watch random people
than people who will be hamming
it up for the camera and trying to
push their most recent movie.
||Plus, the incentives wouldn't be
the same. They're already famous,
so the instant fame thing isn't
much of an incentive. And they're
presumably pretty rich, so the
money wouldn't be an incentive.