Clinical Trial: Which `Lab Rat’ Will Hurl First?

Jul 7, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Can you really sleep away fat, regrow hair or make someone fall in love with you?
Sci Fi Channel posed those questions and hopes “Lab Rats,” a demo production it has greenlit, will provide the answers by way of human “lab rat” trials. “Lab Rats” is a long-in-the-works series from the producers of Sci Fi’s “Scare Tactics.” “The idea of experimentation and mad scientist quality of the project plays in the science fiction realm,” Mark Stern, senior VP of original programming, Sci Fi Channel, said in explaining how the project fits the Sci Fi brand. “We kind of believe we’re living in a time that is almost science fiction itself.”
The show, executive produced by Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey, is envisioned as a possible companion to “Scare Tactics,” which debuted in January and returned to Sci Fi’s schedule last month after a brief hiatus. If “Scare” gets renewed, it will come back in January 2004. That’s the earliest “Lab Rats” would likely debut, Mr. Stern said. In each episode of “Lab Rats,” the show’s four yet-to-be cast stars will test various devices and technologies. Mr. Stern offered motion-sickness treatments as an example. Each cast member would treat himself or herself with different antidotes, then gorge on a shrimp buffet and ride a roller coaster to see which one vomits first.
“The show is not a contest show, not a game show,” he said. “It’s also not `Jackass,’ where they say, `Let’s just do something insane.’ … While, like `Jackass,’ we might also throw ourselves down a flight of stairs and see what happens, we’ll do it in the pursuit of knowledge, in the name of science.”