A Moment Of Truth
Updated Thurs AM: So maybe the first question on Fox's "Moment of Truth" premiere Wednesday should have been: "Do you like the name Tinker?"
Former UC football player Tinker Keck was the first person in the hot seat. He went by his middle name, Ty, when introduced by host Mark Wahlberg. Keck, 31, answered 12 questions correctly, and wiped out on the 13th, when he lied about having touched a female client "more than required" as a personal trainer. He was going for a $100,000, and lost all of his previous winnings ($25,000).
The question not asked was: "You'd really do anything to get a few minutes of attention on national TV, wouldn't you?" The questions asked contestants were a mix of personal things that you'd not ask a person in public otherwise, or just dumb stuff: If your wife got flabby, would you want her to get liposuction? Do you think you're the best looking of all your friends? Do you consider yourself better looking than most men your age? As a football players did you sneak a peek at another man's privates while taking a shower? Have you used the Internet to flirt with other women since married? Have you gone through a coworkers belongings without their knowledge?
Frankly, this is stuff I don't want to know or need to know. I didn't find this whole humiliating process entertaining, though I'm sure many will for the shock value. It could be a big hit, but I won't be watching....
Did you watch? Will you watch again?
Do you plan to watch Fox's "Moment of Truth" lie detector show after "American Idol" tonight? The show probably will do big ratings at 9 p.m. (Channel 19, 45) because it follows "Idol," and because of our curiosity in watching human train wrecks.
I wish I could tell you more about the show, but Fox only sent out a 3-minute preview to TV writers, not much more than you've seen on the constant promotions during "American Idol."
For a chance to win $500,000, and be on national TV, people are willing to be asked questions such as: Did you ever inappropriately touch female coworkers? Will you ever forgive your husband for his gambling loses? Do you ever wish you were born into another family? Have you ever made an adult video and uploaded it to the internet? Will you still be married five years from now? (They've already been asked the questions before the show while hooked to a lie detector. A voice over tells the audience if the person is telling the truth or not.)
Fox didn't tell us is that Jerry Springer is hosting the same show in
My guess is that Springer makes a better host than Mark Wahlberg, who fronts the Fox show. Wahlberg doesn't bring much warmth or humor of the show from what little I've seen.
Actually, what I'd like to see is Walberg or Springer as a guest on this show. Wouldn't it be fun to see Springer answer questions like:
Do you regret your daytime talk show career?
Wouldn’t you rather be famous for a politician, than as a sleazy daytime talk host?
Do you feel guilty making millions off the pain, suffering or embarrassment of others?
Can't they settle this writers strike so we can get back to great TV dramas and comedies, instead of crap like this? Or will big ratings for "Moment of Truth" and "American Gladiators" mean fewer and fewer scripted dramas and comedies after the strike is settled?
Now for the moment of truth: Are you curious enough that you'll watch tonight? (And if you do, please post your comments here after the show.)