Friday, January 25, 2008

Of course it's on FOX


We (JP & I) had friends over for dinner the other night and we took to watching a new game show, “The Moment of Truth”, where contestants reveal their closeted skeletons for dough.

"Oh, joy!", we all exclaimed. "Let us shine our noses and prepare to thumb them at those poor deluded souls."

Another bastion of quality entertainment brought to you from the manure fields of the Murdoch ranch.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/25/arts/television/25trut.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

The New York Times can probably do the program’s description better than I can, but I’ll do my best.

Before the show is taped, the ‘contestant’ is asked 50 questions while hooked up to a polygraph (lie detector) machine. 21 of those 50 questions will be asked again once the ‘contestant’ goes on stage and sits in the proverbial ‘hot seat’. The 21 questions are designed to elicit as much embarrassing information about the contestant as possible, ranging from personal habits and hygiene to marital strife and addictions.

Across from the ‘contestant’ sits 3 ‘friends’, one of whom is usually a spouse or significant other.

The prize format is like that of ‘Who Wants to Be A Millionaire’. The more questions that are answered correctly (contestant’s answer matches the answer they gave on the polygraph), the more you move up the ladder towards the grand prize of $500,000.

I haven’t seen anyone get to the $500,000 question… THANK G-D.

Moreover, I really liked this game show. WHEN IT WAS CALLED ‘I NEVER’ AND PEOPLE PLAYED FOR DRINKS INSTEAD OF CASH!!!

For me, the whole ruse was revealed when… I’ll let the Times explain it:

Ty, a personal trainer, said yes when he was asked if he has delayed having children because he is not sure that Catia, his wife of two and a half years, would be his “lifelong partner.” After he replied, a disembodied female voice delivered the verdict. “The answer is — ” (long, dramatic beat) “true.”

The camera panned to Catia, who stopped smiling and murmured, “I’m dying here.” Her friend April turned to her and asked in a semi- whisper, “Is it worth $100,000 to learn that?”


Sure, the money earned on “Moment” from the appearance and per diem can go to a few counseling sessions. The prize money can reach to 6-digit figures, which can more than cover any counseling, therapy, personal loss from tragedy, etc…

But April, in this instance, was correct to ask this because ultimately the answer is “No.”

April understands the notion that money ultimately does not buy happiness, nor does it erase the fact that perhaps Catia doesn’t trust her spouse, Ty. The prize money is just another item to argue over and hence, a liability. After all, whom do you think was more embarrassed by the polygraph? Ty or Catia?

“The Moment Of Truth” does a disservice to both the contestant and the viewer. As far as Catia & Ty are concerned, they could have saved their embarrassment for the privacy of a licensed marriage counselor.

The outcome probably would have lasted longer than a 6-digit payout.

3 Comentários:

marlee said...

very well written and thoughtful commentary...let's see more of these...anntmar

Dee Dee said...

I read about the show in the NYT also....it made my skin crawl....great commentary. DeeDee

MonkeyPosh said...

Hi Free--
I missed this show, but I think on some level if your spouse is unsure about you--deep in your cockles you know. Game show or not...G_D gave us intuition which is different than instinct.

Just the 2p of a cynical old married woman.

Hope you are doing great!!

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