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Reality Game Show Idea: "The Candidate"

Wed Dec 21, 2005 The Webgeek 

Miss Vicky and I had a bit of a revelation during our morning Bridgehead/dog stroll this morning. Since we're likely to have a string of minority governments, we might as well embrace the idea and have some fun with it. Let's turn it into a "seasonal" game show, a la "The Apprentice". Lets film the front-runners in a few ridings 24/7 to see who'll overcome questionable former statements, idiotic press blunders, and bad platform policy to come out on top and "win" the electorate over.

I mean it pretty much already is a game-show now. Each riding has the standard characters: "the incumbent", "the challenger", and "the long shot". Add to (or combine with) that the occasional "star nominee", "entitled party stalwart", or "fresh-faced replacement", and you've got all your standard archetypes.

You can begin the series with each party's nomination meetings, to get that season starting "Idol"-esque painful audition footage. Next comes campaign team selection. Will the party send in a big-gun campaign manager, or relegate them to "unwinnable" status. Can they find a decent press writer? Can they find a sane press writer? Can they reign in that over-enthusiastic, but completely hapless volunteer? What will they do with the gaggle of poli-sci majors who only want to "write policy"?

Next comes the series of tasks.

Which candidate will crack first under the constant pressure? Who will drop out? or at least drop into obscurity? Who will totally lose it and start accusing competitors of finance mismanagement and "dirty politics"? Who's party minions will be caught out stealing lawn signs? And the true genius of this idea would be the slogan. Instead of kicking people off with "You're Fired!", they'd get "You're Inquired!" I mean; that is the Canadian way.

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Miss Vicky Dec 21, 2005 12:04 PM said:

Of course CPAC already tails candidates throughout their election coverage - but I like the idea of a structured, reality-show approach, complete with dramatic sountrack and metacommentary by all involved. This week's challenge: the campaign team cooks up a kooky "outside the box" media stunt. Will The Candidates pull it off? Or will it backfire? Can they spin themselves back from the brink?

The Webgeek Dec 21, 2005 12:07 PM said:

speaking of kooky "out of the box" stunts that backfire...

amckay Dec 21, 2005 06:57 PM said:

Isn't "a nice meal of dim sum" an oxymoron?

Mandos Dec 24, 2005 08:00 PM said:

Not unless you are willing to spend the moula.

Said1 Jan 2, 2006 01:34 PM said:

I think it would be interesting to see candiates survive on purposed budgets for the poor, not unlike Mike Harris's shopping list. Anyone remember that?

Miss Vicky Jan 2, 2006 11:46 PM said:

Yep. Every year or two an anti-poverty group issues the challenge to politicians and other notables. I am not sure when it was done last here in Ottawa, though.

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