Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Naked and Afraid: For the Sake of What?

Two strangers go off into the wilderness and try to survive for three weeks. The hitch--they start off buck naked. It's Survivor meets Adam and Eve.

According to the Discovery website, the new reality series, "Naked and Afraid" is a skill-and-will contest, but there are no prizes to be won. The couples are only to bring one personal item, but beyond that they're working with what's available. What will they eat? How about water? Shelter? Clothes? Will they work together or get on each other's nerves? Or both?

A good number of comments have accused Discovery of catering to prurient interests, spinning a popular reality show concept by having contestants go au naturelle for the sake of experimentation and curiosity (science?). Plus, there's still that camera crew following the contestants around, so the whole idea of "reality" is tainted from the get-go. It won't be surprising if a number of contestants are actually actors seeking a break.

I'm on the fence with this one, maybe because the concept doesn't intrigue me that much. Maybe if the "Afraid" part involved zombies, or Predator. That would be something to see.

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