Last night the PAX network debuted its newest reality show COLD TURKEY in which a group of would be dreamers are duped and bribed into quitting smoking for 3 weeks, while a sexy blonde smokes in front of them.
This if course is the potential lead in to I BET YOU WON’T, the midseason replacement which offers contestants $50,000.00 if they can give up their gambling ways for 3 weeks. Of course after the 1st week they can double their money if they complete a series of challenges or potentially lose it all should they fail. Of course they could double down on the 2nd challenge, or parlay their 1st week’s winnings into a series of mini challenges with financial compensation.
COLD TURKEY continues PAX’s dedication to making good natured shows that no one has ever heard of or seen. To be honest, I didn’t even know I had PAX on my line up. It was the UPN of my basic cable…until last night.In what is potentially going to be the angriest show of the season, 10 people are made to believe they are going on a show which will in essence grant their wish. The elderly single woman believes she is going on a seniors dating show to find love while the clichÃ© gay guy believes he will be designing undies for male models. One woman is somehow made to believe she is going on a reality show to become QUEEN OF AN ISLAND.
Shortly after arriving to the mansion, these duped begin to realize perhaps they aren’t being told the whole truth.
Enter AJ Benza, who you may remember as being that dude who did that thing….you know…that guy….
AJ lets our dupes in on the fact that they are not here for their dreams to be fulfilled. No one will be racing cars. No one will be walking down a red carpet at the Emmy’s. And, sadly, no one will be winning a trip to space. By now all the players are very nervous and freaking out. Thankfully they can still turn to their friend…sweet sweet nicotine. That is until AJ lets them know the true premise of the show. Friends and family members have set up all the players as a sort of televised 3 week long intervention. If they are interested in playing they have a few minutes to make a decision and meet AJ by the pool reminding them, “save your questions for outside, meeting me out there ain’t gonna kill you but those will.” OHHH SNAPS!
Long episode short, each person for variety of reasons agree to participate in the show. One of them adding if only one person quits on the show, that’s one life saved. Which I gotta say kinda puts a damper on my PAX show idea called DIRTY SYRINGE.
I am not sure what is going to happen this season on the show, but one thing is certain.. you get a group of smokers to live in close quarters for 3 weeks competing for their share of tens of thousands of dollars, while they are trying to quit smoking and that is the making for good TV. PAX will be re-airing the pilot, cleverly titled SMOKES ON YOU (you see what they did there), Tuesday October 5, 2004. Check local listings and times.