With every new television season comes a slew of new reality programming no one asked for, or maybe we did as a society or whatever and didn’t realize it. The CW has two particularly cringey new offerings to premiere in the near future. The first, Perfect Score, is some sort of dating show where participants can also win money, but more importantly, there’s The Hunt, which is a survival competition show (“I know! Let’s call it Survivor! Oh, wait.”) where participants are left in the woods, pitted against each other and forced to fend for themselves. As the Hollywood Reporter describes, “12 teams of two are provided no food, water or shelter but must compete in a game where they rely on their physicality, survival skills and hunting skills to endure their conditions, capture one another and ultimately win a cash prize.”
Wait a second. This sounds awfully familiar. This sounds an awful lot like The Hunger Games. There are 12 teams (one for each district, you guys!), hunting involved (which should be hilarious) and a woodsy setting. The irony of this is that The Hunger Games, which as its core is about a really, really insane reality TV show competition, is about the dangers of such gleeful voyeurism in particularly bloody, “escapist” spectacle (among other issues of authority and corruption, etc.). At the same time, it’s kind of proving the point Gale Hawthorne makes in the first book, that “they just want a good show, that’s all they want.”
Whatever. All I know is that if Jeff Probst or whoever comes out in modified Kabuki makeup to say, “And may the odds be ever in your favor,” I’m done.