Thumbs Down for 'Without Prejudice?'
July 3, 2007 10:04 AM
Just viewed a rough cut of a new GSN series, “Without Prejudice?,” a new hour series that debuted in the United Kingdom and won an International Emmy. The series is a hybrid: game show, reality show and sociology experiment, which will debut on cable net GSN July 17
Sounds intriguing, until you actually watch it. While many British imports like “Survivor” make it big on this side of the pond, I don’t see that being the fate for the American version of “Without Prejudice?.” Contestants are vying to win $25,000 based on their comments to panelists who judge whether they are exhibiting prejudice. The viewing experience is flat, even though the show’s intent is to get viewers thinking about prejudice in a productive way.
For example a Filipino man who is one of the judges declares at the onset that he doesn’t like black people. Magically, by the show’s end, he winds up voting for a young black male contestant just like that.
Sorry, but the topic of prejudice, to me, is too important to be trivialized in a game show format. Hey, what do I know? I predicted that “Survivor” would be a flop.