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The Bastardette

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Take a young woman, 20-25, who never knew her father. Then take 12 men, aged 45-65, who never knew their daughters. One of them is the real father. Throw them all in a big house and let them sort it out. Someone wins a million dollars at the end.

Might get higher ratings with a more tactful name. Credit to Dan P. for co-authorship of this idea.
kevindimie, Sep 24 2003

The Bachelorette http://abc.go.com/primetime/bachelorette/
One of the more exploitative US reality shows [kevindimie, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Who's Your Daddy http://www.realityt...es/story.php?s=3128
News article about Fox's new reality special [kevindimie, Jan 02 2005]

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       The NY Times recently had an article about doctors confronted with the conundrum about whether to tell families when the results of genetic compatibility tests (for transplants) reveal that one or other sibling has a different father and/or mother. Maybe you could do a spin-off on that theme...
DrCurry, Sep 24 2003
  

       I doubt 12 men will feel eager to claim parenthood over a bastardette not knowing who gets the 1 million prize.   

       The idea sounds really funny, but I don't think it can really be made.
Pericles, Sep 24 2003
  

       I think the way the money works on these things is the main contestant (in this case, the Bastardette) winnows the field down. On the final episode, she chooses the "winner." The "winner" can then either choose love (in this case, (hopefully) fatherly love) or cash. If he chooses love, then the main contestant gets the cash.
kevindimie, Sep 24 2003
  

       the irony of 12 otherwise completely irresponsible men trying to prove their paternity to a (otherwise completely dumped) daughter for money is so mixed up and deliciously ironic that this is abolutely a winner.
mahatma, Sep 24 2003
  

       Would be good for about 2 shows, but what do you do for filler?
RayfordSteele, Sep 24 2003
  

       We're talking about reality TV here, [Ray], it's all filler.
kevindimie, Sep 24 2003
  

       //filler//   

       alfalfa squares?
mahatma, Sep 24 2003
  

       Seamy love affairs between bastardette and possible father. Ewwww - what if he is her dad??? That would buy ratings. Gay relationships between dads. Fights (always fights). Flashbakcs with actors showing how dads ditched families. Preaching from dad candidate who has found Jesus. The possiblities are endless!
bungston, Sep 24 2003
  

       All my kittens are little Bastardettes. Funny but there is still a stigma associated.
The Kat, Sep 24 2003
  

       How about a sperm donor dad and his dozen bastardettes?
FarmerJohn, Sep 25 2003
  

       Safe idea if they join hands, vote one among them, and split the million. They still get $84,000 each...
hurry_kay, Sep 25 2003
  

       I think this is just about the best idea you could have in this category. +
stupop, Sep 25 2003
  

       //sperm donor dad//

"Joe's Million Heirs" ??
kevindimie, Sep 25 2003
  

       They do this on "Maury" every day.
waugsqueke, Sep 25 2003
  

       Coining new insults for women I see.
k_sra, Sep 25 2003
  

       I wonder if the fact that Fox is now actually going to do this makes this idea better or worse (see link).
kevindimie, Jan 02 2005
  

       [Dimie] you munkeybung! What is your new email address? I am sure that Fox stole the idea from you, right here.
bungston, Jan 02 2005
  

       That's just about fucked up enough for me to watch.
Eugene, Jan 02 2005
  
      
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