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(NYPost)   The reality TV phenomenon has officially jumped the shark now that Hollywood may develop a show about a seven-year-old boy with leukemia looking for a bone-marrow donor   (nypost.com) divider line 46
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2012-03-12 12:33:43 PM
To take it even further back, I'm waiting for a show about syringes in the Burger King ball pit or maybe a $400 cookie recipe.
 
2012-03-12 12:37:33 PM
It jumped the shark in episode 2 of The Real World
 
2012-03-12 12:39:47 PM
Match Game 2012?
 
2012-03-12 12:41:00 PM
Expect similar.

entertainmentblur.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-03-12 12:45:33 PM
I try not to be a snob with things. Music, food, movies. Live and let live and diffrent opinions man. But looking back and knowing less than three hours of my total life has been lost to reality tv does give me a smug sense of satisfaction that I am better than those who indulge in it. I don't want to feel better than them, but they have made it impossible not to do so.

If I ever make it to an old man living in a home. I will use my hover cane to smack other old folks there who admit to having watched this shiat back in the day.
 
2012-03-12 12:51:01 PM
So either way it's a one season show? Their clever plan, they thought through not.
 
2012-03-12 12:51:21 PM
Extreme Bone Marrow Makeover?
 
2012-03-12 12:57:41 PM
So they have other kids that need bone marrow, trot them out, have them play games to see who get the marrow?
 
2012-03-12 01:02:38 PM
GO TEAM METASTASIS!

/BOO TEAM REMISSION!
 
2012-03-12 01:07:18 PM
Survivor: Leukemia Island?
 
2012-03-12 01:09:24 PM
Isn't that basically this week's episode of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition"?
 
2012-03-12 01:21:27 PM
I hope they stumble on me for a compatible donor. At first I'd be open to the suggestion of donating my marrow to help the little boy. I'd drag it out for a couple weeks so the ratings were good and the other potential donors bow out. Then I'd throw my head back and laugh, "Ha ha! This is my marrow, little boy. Mine, all mine! You can't have it little boy!" Then I'd make airplane and hotel reservation for 2 years in the future as the kid looks on with eyes welling up with tears. "See this little boy? I can make plans for the future..."

Who wouldn't want to watch that?
 
2012-03-12 01:24:37 PM
I don't have a problem with this, it might help encourage people to register with the National Marrow Donor Program, plus if they follow the kid through the BMT process it might help remove some of the stigma of stem cell controversy while educating people on how the transplant process works.

Better than what Jersey Shore can teach an audience.
 
2012-03-12 01:29:02 PM
I am pretty sure they jumped the shark when they decided to call it "reality TV" instead of "game shows", because "game shows" implies they aren't predetermined and completely scripted.
 
2012-03-12 01:33:58 PM
How 'bout "My Super Sweet Bone Marrow Transplant"?

/P.S., nice job in the sensitivity of rhyming "Cancer kid" and "T.V. bid", you vultures.
 
2012-03-12 01:36:18 PM
wouldnt this show improve the likelihood of finding a matching marrow donor?
wouldnt this show inform more people about donation?

"Jack made headlines in 2010 when his preschool expelled him for growing his hair long so he could donate it to a chemo patient."

cmon, this kid obviously deserves life.

you call it exploitation, but i think the end justifies the means if they find someone.
 
2012-03-12 01:37:22 PM
"Top Donor" -

If you're not a match, Gordon Ramsey berates you on the quality of your marrow.

/Stop already; these reality shows are just a step (barely) above "Ow, my balls."
 
2012-03-12 01:40:25 PM

ChewbaccaJones: "Top Donor" -

If you're not a match, Gordon Ramsey berates you on the quality of your marrow.

/Stop already; these reality shows are just a step (barely) above "Ow, my balls."


You want "Ow, My Balls"???? Link Here's your "Ow, My Balls"!!!!!!
 
2012-03-12 01:40:45 PM
I have a genius idea thanks to this. Its called, "How bad do you want a heart transplant" and it has people who need said heart, and they have to do these really grueling things, and at the end the one who didnt die gets the donor heart.
 
2012-03-12 01:54:07 PM
They should refer to it as a documentary detailing the life of a child needing a transplant, and exposing the system he depends on, rather than a reality show. It makes people feel less scummy about being entertained by watching a kid die.
 
2012-03-12 02:04:34 PM
A really good show requires writers and capable actors, and they need to be paid. It might get a huge audience, and therefore be able to charge more for ads, but it usually will not be as profitable as a show that can be made cheaply.

Reality TV shows are so cheap to make that they are profitable for the studio even if they have a minuscule audience. They are even cheaper to make than game shows. They will be around at least until studios find something even cheaper to make.

If the studios can find a way to make a show using only homeless people who will work in exchange for permission to sleep in the studio's parking garage, they will do it.
 
2012-03-12 02:13:14 PM
On the positive side, we just took a giant step forward to The Running Man being a sweet reality.

/the book, not the movie
 
2012-03-12 02:28:35 PM
I look forward to the zombie apocalypse culling half the population.
 
2012-03-12 03:34:07 PM
Someone needs to be shot for this.

... Though on the flipside, if it encourages people to put themselves on the bone marrow donor list, I suppose that's a good thing...
 
2012-03-12 03:44:43 PM

Felgraf: Someone needs to be shot for this.

... Though on the flipside, if it encourages people to put themselves on the bone marrow donor list, I suppose that's a good thing...


I don't think they're looking for a contest show with a payout if someone is willing to donate. I'm sure it's more along the lines of encouraging testing, and getting people to know that they can do some good.

Seeing this article got me to register as a donor, and I'm guessing a show could result in at least a few hundred thousand registrants. If 1% of those registrants make a match/successful donation, I'd say it was worth putting up with another crappy reality show
 
2012-03-12 03:55:25 PM

DonkeyDixon: Felgraf: Someone needs to be shot for this.

... Though on the flipside, if it encourages people to put themselves on the bone marrow donor list, I suppose that's a good thing...

I don't think they're looking for a contest show with a payout if someone is willing to donate. I'm sure it's more along the lines of encouraging testing, and getting people to know that they can do some good.

Seeing this article got me to register as a donor, and I'm guessing a show could result in at least a few hundred thousand registrants. If 1% of those registrants make a match/successful donation, I'd say it was worth putting up with another crappy reality show


Indeed!

As a warning, even if you come as a potential match (and thus go get your blood tested, at no cost to you), nothing may end up coming of it (I always hope it's due to them finding a better match, though sometimes it's due to the recipient becoming undready for transplant, etc).
 
2012-03-12 03:59:50 PM

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash:

If I ever make it to an old man living in a home. I will use my hover cane to smack other old folks there who admit to having watched this shiat back in the day.


I'm not waiting until I'm old for this. I wouldn't want to miss any chances.
 
2012-03-12 04:19:15 PM

elffster: It jumped the shark in episode 2 of The Real World

 
2012-03-12 05:01:47 PM
Link (new window)

the dutch did it, and it had a great positive effect on organ donation
 
2012-03-12 05:02:23 PM

Felgraf: Someone needs to be shot for this.

... Though on the flipside, if it encourages people to put themselves on the bone marrow donor list, I suppose that's a good thing...


Shot for what? The article was short, but it sounds like a great opportunity to get people to register, and inform folks about how this works and what people go through. It's not like the kids have to choose between what's under a box or behind the curtain and if they choose wrong they die.

I don't see why people are upset by this. It's like a nationally televised donor drive. It would be sick if they didn't do everything they could to find a match for the boy.
 
2012-03-12 05:45:57 PM

Lumbar Puncture: Shot for what? The article was short, but it sound


.. Hrm. Well, that's what I get for viscerally reacting to the headline title, as opposed to reading the article. =/.

I claim lab distractions as an excuse. (There is no excuse).
 
2012-03-12 06:20:35 PM
Would like a word with subby:
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FloydA: Reality TV shows are so cheap to make that they are profitable for the studio even if they have a minuscule audience.

The Amazing Race
sure as hell isn't cheap to make, but CBS keeps renewing it because even though it's in its 20th edition, it still gets solid ratings. I've seen every second of every episode and I'm still not even close to getting tired of the show.
 
2012-03-12 06:55:36 PM

Henry Holland: Would like a word with subby:
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FloydA: Reality TV shows are so cheap to make that they are profitable for the studio even if they have a minuscule audience.

The Amazing Race sure as hell isn't cheap to make, but CBS keeps renewing it because even though it's in its 20th edition, it still gets solid ratings. I've seen every second of every episode and I'm still not even close to getting tired of the show.


Let's not forget that it also brings in the Emmys.

They were driving me crazy for a while, though, because they took FOREVER to move to HD, even when cheap HD cameras were available. If any show deserves to be in HD, it's the Amazing Race. I was so glad when they finally started shooting in HD a few years ago.
 
2012-03-12 07:29:36 PM

whither_apophis: So either way it's a one season show? Their clever plan, they thought through not.


Actually, a show that's planned for 13-26 eps wouldn't be a bad thing. In fact, I'm guessing that's how "Awake" has to be.

/Series finale...we find out both his wife and his kid survived, but his condition are simply his dying hallucinations.
//In other words, his wife and son survived the crash...but he didn't.
 
2012-03-12 07:44:34 PM

Mad_Radhu: Henry Holland: Would like a word with subby:
[www.brienfordblogs.com image 320x240]

FloydA: Reality TV shows are so cheap to make that they are profitable for the studio even if they have a minuscule audience.

The Amazing Race sure as hell isn't cheap to make, but CBS keeps renewing it because even though it's in its 20th edition, it still gets solid ratings. I've seen every second of every episode and I'm still not even close to getting tired of the show.

Let's not forget that it also brings in the Emmys.

They were driving me crazy for a while, though, because they took FOREVER to move to HD, even when cheap HD cameras were available. If any show deserves to be in HD, it's the Amazing Race. I was so glad when they finally started shooting in HD a few years ago.



Amazing Show. It's so ridiculously simple and doesn't pretend to be anything but and succeeds every time. I really adore the show and I'm always jealous of the contestants. I think it feeds into this deep ambition for most people to see as much of this planet as possible and amazingly one often forgets that it's also for a million buck these guys are playing for. I wish I was American so I can apply for every season.

Survivor is getting a wee bit ho-hum these days.
 
2012-03-12 07:55:26 PM
Will they have a phone in line like American Idol? I'm voting for the cancer.
 
2012-03-12 08:10:54 PM

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: I try not to be a snob with things. Music, food, movies. Live and let live and diffrent opinions man. But looking back and knowing less than three hours of my total life has been lost to reality tv does give me a smug sense of satisfaction that I am better than those who indulge in it. I don't want to feel better than them, but they have made it impossible not to do so.

If I ever make it to an old man living in a home. I will use my hover cane to smack other old folks there who admit to having watched this shiat back in the day.


Every person I've ever met who has claimed to be "better than someone" has usually had a completely subjective and rather petty rationalization for doing so, and in fact usually fall short when it comes to objective quantifiers such as education, income, personal success, etc...

I'm sure its not the case with you.
 
2012-03-12 08:26:29 PM

Felgraf: Someone needs to be shot for this.

... Though on the flipside, if it encourages people to put themselves on the bone marrow donor list, I suppose that's a good thing...


If you include a line of swear words before your post that was exactly my reaction.
 
2012-03-12 09:52:15 PM

IlGreven: whither_apophis: So either way it's a one season show? Their clever plan, they thought through not.

Actually, a show that's planned for 13-26 eps wouldn't be a bad thing. In fact, I'm guessing that's how "Awake" has to be.

/Series finale...we find out both his wife and his kid survived, but his condition are simply his dying hallucinations.
//In other words, his wife and son survived the crash...but he didn't.


Ah yes, the old Jacob's Ladder gambit
 
2012-03-12 11:12:50 PM
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Did you see? the doctor and me?
 
2012-03-13 04:55:53 AM

Evil Kirk vs Bad Ash: I try not to be a snob with things. Music, food, movies. Live and let live and diffrent opinions man. But looking back and knowing less than three hours of my total life has been lost to reality tv does give me a smug sense of satisfaction that I am better than those who indulge in it. I don't want to feel better than them, but they have made it impossible not to do so.

If I ever make it to an old man living in a home. I will use my hover cane to smack other old folks there who admit to having watched this shiat back in the day.


What kind of person would admit to feeling smug about anything, much less something so trivial as what TV programs they do or don't watch?
 
2012-03-13 06:30:46 AM
I thought that reality TV had already jumped the shark AND nuked the fridge

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etc.
 
2012-03-13 08:46:33 AM
I want to watch a show about choosing wedding dresses: on The Learning Channel

I want to watch a viewer call-in about some drama factory: on the Healine News Network

The History Channel is not too far behind....
 
2012-03-13 01:21:07 PM
Sick? This is an awesome idea. More people need to join the registry. Honestly, I don't care who profits from it if it saves some lives. My cousin had leukemia, and if there hadn't been people out there taking the time to raise awareness, he might not be here today.

/he's been cancer-free for over a decade, by the way.
 
2012-03-13 06:33:18 PM
Feh, I already know how this show ends.
 
2012-03-13 10:09:04 PM

whither_apophis: IlGreven: whither_apophis: So either way it's a one season show? Their clever plan, they thought through not.

Actually, a show that's planned for 13-26 eps wouldn't be a bad thing. In fact, I'm guessing that's how "Awake" has to be.

/Series finale...we find out both his wife and his kid survived, but his condition are simply his dying hallucinations.
//In other words, his wife and son survived the crash...but he didn't.

Ah yes, the old Jacob's Ladder gambit


I prefer the Ambrose Bierce Gambit, but same difference.
 
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