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5 Shows After Dark: There's a Lesson Here About Situations Involving Blindfolds, Cameras, and Reality Show Hosts

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 1, 2013 | Comments ()


Because summer is traditionally awful when it comes to television, I've come up with a little game for the month of July and if it works out well I might continue it though August. The game is this: Every week I'll list one fake show and I'll reveal what it is at the end of the week. People who correctly identify the fake show get bragging rights, as long as they don't use Google. If you use Google, I won't know, but you'll have to live with that personal shame tainting the praise you receive for your correct answer. This helps me fill one space per week during a time when I have trouble filling spaces, gives you guys something to take your mind off how depressing summer TV is, and I get to flex my creative writing muscles a bit. If we keep it up through August, I'm happy to hear suggestions.

"American Ninja Warrior" on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

"The Goodwin Games" on Fox at 8:30pm ET. Series finale. Seven episodes for this series. The final is directed by Neil Patrick Harris in case any of you find that enticing.

"Gideon's Army" on HBO at 9:00pm ET. This is a documentary following three idealistic public defenders in the south, and an overall view of the state of the prison system in America.

"Siberia" on NBC at 10:00pm ET. Series premiere. Another new reality series where you're supposed to believe they put the unknowing cast in genuine danger to ramp up the excitement. But, as with any show named after a main character, we know that none of them are really in that much danger because NBC doesn't want the kind of press that maiming some poor "model/actress" in the name of reality television would bring.

"Under the Dome" on CBS at 10:00pm ET.

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  • BWeaves

    Siberia is the fake. I just think reality TV guys are too cheap to send a group of people to Siberia to film for weeks. Desert islands are much cheaper to film on because it's warmer, and the women are scantily cladder (is that a word?).

  • Pat

    I too think all of this is real. HBO is doing documentaries every Monday.

  • Artemis

    Gideon's Army. Sadly, no one (even HBO) gives a shit about how terrible the criminal justice system in this country is.

  • koko temur

    Actually, i saw interview with the director of it, so unless the game she is playing here is a massive conspiracy, Gideon's army is real. And looks incredible too. One of the public defencers is putting the names of people he saved from prison on the wall in his office, but those he failed HE TATTOOS ON HIS BACK. So cheer up, at the very least there are 4 people who care about the justice system.

  • koko temur

    American ninja warrier must be fake.
    Though i think you added fake details to other shows too !

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I watched the first episode of Siberia on hulu and I liked it. It's kind of got the same vibe as Lost. And people do die on the show.

  • DominaNefret


    Siberia isn't a reality show.

  • ,

    I've seen "Under the Dome," and, sadly, isn't fake. Just bad. How bad it can get, I don't know. It's getting one more chance just to see, but the level of stupidity in the premier was nearly off the charts, so the clock will be ticking the whole time.

  • ,


    Everyone in this town is a moron.

  • Chad B

    The sad thing is that I don't think any of these are fake. Does that just make me cynincal?

  • Genevieve Burgess

    There's only one per week, so… you could be right. You'll find out Sunday.

  • Martin Holterman

    Aw, I like the Goodwin Games. Can't we just keep that and get rid of 2½ men instead?

  • e jerry powell

    Nope. Becki Newton has a solid curse going (sadly). If Michael Urie and Vanessa Williams have to be out of work...

  • LexieW

    I'll also go with Gideon's Army (but I almost think it's the one with NPH directing... almost).

  • Guest

    Unfortunately, "Gideon's Army" is the fake. Though that's a decent logline.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    Definitely not fake, unless Genevive managed to get NPR to go in on the fakery. Heard a story on it the other day. Of course, if you did manage to get NPR to do a fake story on a fake show just to throw off Pajiba readers....well played.

  • e jerry powell

    The director did Daily Show a couple of weeks ago. You can't get TDS to go in on that one unless Viacom is involved.

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