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Are you ready for reality?
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 5, 2001
You'll get lots of chances to prove it, with dozens of new reality TV projects seeking contestants to fulfill dreams of televised exploitation.
Here's a sample:
COMBAT MISSIONS -- Only veterans of the Navy Seals, Green Berets or some other tough-guy military/law enforcement unit need apply; teams of four will compete in staged military missions for a top prize of $400,000. Developed by Survivor producer Mark Burnett, it's like The Real World meets Rambo. Web site: http://www.combatmissions.com/. Deadline: Jan. 27.
FRONTIER HOUSE -- The producers who got a British family last year to live like it was 1900 now plan to plunge participants into 1880s-era rural Montana for half a year. With no cash prize, participants gain only the satisfaction that comes from using an outhouse and killing their own food on national television. Web site: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/. Deadline: Jan. 15.
Big Brother II -- CBS won't confirm whether a sequel is pending, but the network is taking names of those who might consider spending three months in a camera-filled house, anyway. After seeing the bizarre mix of boredom and tension among participants in the first one, it's hard to imagine who would be interested. Web site: http://cbs.com/primetime/bigbrother/. No deadline.
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