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Reality TV: Amazing Race - Improvement Request!

 
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Ok - I know reality TV sucks and we all hate the way our TV screens have become so overwhelmed by unwatchable rubbish that now some of us are even getting out and excercing for entertainment instead of having comfortable couch time ... BUT...

I have watched a few series of "The Amazing Race" and was surprised and disappointed to read recently that the creator said he was not interested at all in making an international version..

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The show has audiences all over the world - it goes out to 30? 40 countries? and we all sit and develop a wry, smug, arogant smile watching dumb Americans wandering around streets of Bucharest saying things like "These people are all stupid, they cant even be bothered to speak English!", or wandering through poorer neighbourhoods Dar Es Salaam muttering, "Theres so much poverty and its *so* distusting - but they still breed? WHY?"....

Clearly the producers of the show have selected contestants deliberately to have one or two couples to come up with little tv gem soundbites like this - its does a great job of making the show appealing to a wide audience by using the "dumb arrogant American" stereotype (NOTE: I am not suggesting this stereotype is reasonable or correct - merely that it *is* one deliberately reinforced by the show)

Wouldnt it be fun if the show featured couples from a variety countries and see how different cultures approached the problems different ways? That way the standard national stereotypes from all over the world could be hand picked by the producers for a very comical show:

I'm guessing the international stereotypes covered would be something like this:
Australians: Laid back and friendly but crudely unrestrained and too lazy.
British: Uptight, pompous, un-expressive.
Germans: Ruthlesssly efficient and methodical, but humourless
French: Innovative and creative - but misguided and poorly organised

Do you think an international version of the show would be more entertaining or interesting? What stereotypes and cultural differences would producers be likely to highlight? (be nice! - I dont want the thread to be sent to the 'nuked threads' gulag!)
 
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The thing I see about this is: Americans want to see Americans do it. If the only American team gets kicked out, we will most likely tune the show out and watch House instead.

The show does show ignorance of people traveling to other countries. The producers cast to make money, not to show the best people. You have not seen anyone on the show that knows 5 languages with a PHD in world cultures since they would do to well. The show is supposed to show conflict and emotions of suffering. People seem to suffer when no one understands them at all.

They are changing the show around a bit since they were casting for familys of four to do the race.

I personally do not watch the show, my fiancee does. (I watch House on a 13inch black and white TV since the color stopped working on it while she gets the big screen to watch the race.) People at work talk about the show all the time.

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I'm sure there are very good reasons for not making it international. It's one of the most successful shows already, so why change? Also, there may be some legal difficulties in paying winners if they are from a different country or, even worse, in enforcing a contract of silence with the players so they will not reveal results of the race before TV airing.

I agree it would be more exciting to watch. Maybe Fox will try it. They'll copy anything!
 
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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
The thing I see about this is: Americans want to see Americans do it. If the only American team gets kicked out, we will most likely tune the show out and watch House instead.



But Americans only represent a fraction of the shows audience.. (albeit a large fraction at the moment).. Get other nations involved and the shows global appeal will improve thus increasing the potential global audience.
 
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Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:


But Americans only represent a fraction of the shows audience.. (albeit a large fraction at the moment).. Get other nations involved and the shows global appeal will improve thus increasing the potential global audience.



I don't know how large a fraction that is, considering your population around 350m if I'm not mistaken, it goes to 30/40 other countries you say, ours alone is 40m, and we love it as well. Well many of us, my whole family watches it, the rest more keenly than I do.
Anyway, I don't think there'll be any change, people want to see ignorant people, it's sad but true. The point is supported by Ricki Lake, Jerry Springer, The Osbournes, Survivor and so on. The fact that most of these are Americans is unfortunate, but if Bollywood was doing all these shows they'd cast the most ignorant Indians they could find.
 
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