Thursday, December 10, 2009

ABC's Conveyor Belt (Meat Market) of Love

The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC has green lit a reality show called "Conveyor Belt of Love."  Oh it's as bad as it sounds.  The show consists of 30 men being rolled out before a panel of five women and given one minute to make a positive impression.

Actually that description doesn't even do it justice.  Here's how the press release describes it:

If a woman is interested in someone, that man will step aside and wait as the rest of the men go by.  But if another man comes by on the belt that seems better than that woman’s first choice, she can swap out the man waiting off of the belt as many times as she wants until the last man has passed by. If two or more of the women are interested in the same man, the tables turn and the man on the conveyor belt gets to choose which one he would like to wait for. After all 30 men have made it through the 'Conveyor Belt of Love,' each woman is left with her final choice as they embark on a date in the hope of finding a true connection.
So pretty much they've created a show that makes choosing a mate as much like a meat market as they can.  Seems to me that "Conveyor Belt of Love" could have been set in some sketchy night club with loud house music because the same type of shallow culture is perptuated there.

Yet this whole meat market concept sounds oddly familiar.  Oh yeah, it's called prostitution.  Isn't this the same thing men do when they go to brothels?  Then again I guess reality TV is the closest thing there is to legal prostitution.

Apparently ABC has not learned its lesson about reality shows like this.  It must have blocked out its short-lived 2003 reality show "Are You Hot" where a panel of judges including Lorenzo Lamas, Rachel Hunter and Randolph Duke evaluated contestants based on their physical attractiveness.

You're really gonna let the guy from Renegade judge you .

Lamas even used a laser pointer to highlight the flaws of contestants .  Of course, this was when he wasn't making inappropriate comments to "hot women" such as "Oh yeah, I want to take you backstage and do bad things to you."  It was an awful show, but the unintentional comedy of confident douchebags breaking down once they were judged not hot by the likes of Lamas was worth a viewing or two.

"Conveyor Belt of Love" isn't even going to offer that much entertainment so that's why it will be more of an epic fail.  Not to mention, I have a feeling that conveyor belt is going to be full of STDs as well.

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