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    "The Swan" to premiere on Fox on 03/29

    WOMEN GIVEN UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO REALIZE THEIR DREAMS IN "THE SWAN," PREMIERING MONDAY, MARCH 29, ON FOX

    The Unscripted Television Series From FremantleMedia North America and Galan Entertainment In association with A. Smith & Company Productions Promises Life Transformations -- Inside and Out

    FOX will debut THE SWAN, an unscripted series that turns a fairy tale into reality and mirrors the classic tale of the ugly duckling who transforms into a beautiful swan. The series, produced by FremantleMedia North America and Galan Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Company, will premiere Monday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

    THE SWAN takes women who are stuck in a rut and revitalizes them by restoring their beauty and confidence. It offers women the incredible opportunity to undergo physical, mental and emotional transformations and follows them through the process. This groundbreaking idea culminates in a pageant in which one woman will be crowned "the Ultimate Swan."

    Each of the 18 contestants will be assigned a team of specialists -- a coach, therapist, trainer, cosmetic surgeon, dentist and stylist -- who will work together to design the perfect individually-tailored program. The final reveal will be especially dramatic because the contestants will not be permitted to see themselves in a mirror during the three-month transformation process.

    This chance of a lifetime comes with a price: hard work. The show does not end once the cosmetic surgery and physical transformations are complete. Rather, contestants must go through an intensive "boot camp" of exercise, diet, therapy and inspiration to achieve their goals.

    Each woman's work ethic, growth and achievement will be monitored. Two women will be featured in each episode and at that show's conclusion, one of them will be selected to move on to The 1st Annual Swan Pageant and one will go home. The challenging and emotionally charged journey from ugly duckling to superstar-looks will culminate in the selection of "The Ultimate Swan" on the glamorous two-hour season finale on Monday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

    Contestants were chosen through a nationwide search and from thousands of videotaped submissions from women seeking a second chance in life.

    Arthur Smith and Nely Galan serve as executive producers. Kent Weed is co-executive producer. The series was created by Nely Galan.

    FremantleMedia North America
    Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is one of America's foremost producers of reality-based entertainment programming for television. In 2004, FMNA will launch THE COMPLEX and THE SWAN on FOX. Additional credits include AMERICAN IDOL (FOX), which received five 2003 Emmy nominations and scored the highest-rated season or series debut on any network in the 2003/2004 season; "The Price is Right" (CBS); "Family Feud" (syndication); "Oliver's Twist" (Food Network); "Date Patrol" (TLC); "American Juniors" (FOX) and "Cupid" (CBS). FMNA is a division of award-winning international television production company FremantleMedia, which creates drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in more than 40 countries and territories. FremantleMedia is a wholly owned subsidiary and the content business arm of the publicly traded RTL Group, one of Europe's largest television and radio broadcast companies. The RTL Group owns 23 television and 22 radio stations in eight countries, and is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG.

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    AKA Extreme Elimination Pagent

    Sounds good though

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    I'm definitely planning to watch!
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    I'm looking forward to this... only a couple weeks left. Amanda Byram (host of Paradise Hotel) is hosting, I thought she was a terrible host then, but oh well.

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    to me, this show is a disgusting disgrace. what has our society come to? i cna understand women wanting to feel better about their appearance. im a woman, and i definitely care about that. extreme makeover i thought was a little compromising, but there are no competitions to judge one's newfound artificial beauty at the end. this show is blatantly encouraging fake women to compete against each other's fakeness. what a shallow society if that's what we value... and aside from that, the show is promoting this "ideal" woman. women who don't look like women, but instead little girls with big boobs. what is that? what kind of message will this send out to young girls? there are already tons of girls who have suffered, are currently suffering, and will suffer form eating disorders or severe self-image porblems because of the messages and pressures thart the media promotoes. as someone who still struggles with a partially media influenced eating disorder, it makes me incredibly disheartened to think that there will be more people having to experience such things because of the images of "perfection" constantly fed to them and advocated by networks. and images and shows that imply that "beauty" is the only way through which one can achieve happiness in life.
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    I saw the commercials for this last night and I have to say, this concept really troubles me. None of the women I saw on the commercial looked like they needed any plastic surgery to be beautiful - a couple of them were already lovely.

    This concept of surgically altering yourself to cram into some pageant's idea of beautiful - for the sake of reality television ratings - makes me very uncomfortable and I'm sure you'll all be glad to know I won't be watching, lol.

    I have absolutely nothing against plastic surgery and I enjoy many of the makeover shows, especially "What Not To Wear," that offer information on how to make the most of what you were born with. I also have no issue with shows like Extreme Makeover, because from what I've seen, most of the participants have at least one physical feature that has at least some kind of defect in their mind. I'm not fond of every woman getting a boob job, but as long as it's proportionate, I don't think it's necessarily unattractive.

    The Swan feels like Invasion of the Body Snatchers to me. Go to sleep and wake up with a brand new body brought to you by your not so friendly neighborhood aliens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Positum
    this show is blatantly encouraging fake women to compete against each other's fakeness.
    Oh, please. Life is a competition. And no one is twisting these ladies' arms to be on this show. In fact, I'm sure they turned down thousands of people that wanted to be on. Hell, I want to be on. Think they'll have a male version? What would it be called? What's an attractive male animal? "The Tiger"?!?!? Tiger's are considered attractive aren't they? Getting a little off topic here. The point is...What is the point.... Ah, yes...I remember. Life is a competiton and nobody's arm was twisted to be on this show. Those are pretty good points if I do say so myself. Plus it'll be damn good tv!!!

    Also - they said on the commercial that the woman have trainers and shrinks and stuff - so it's not like the cut 'em up and leave 'em to fend for themselves. Sounds like they'll be learning to how to... live every day healthy and mentally sound. Yeah, that's the ticket.

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    I personally cannot wait. I love the scene in the commercial where they show the covered up mirror.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIWANNABE
    I personally cannot wait. I love the scene in the commercial where they show the covered up mirror.
    I'll see your "cannot wait" and raise you a "need this to be on now"!!!!!

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    Hmmm, I have to agree with the people that feel uneasy about this. I was already wary of Extreme Makeover, but watching the show I was won over by the sense of empowerment it gave its candidates. It seemed like in that show, the people were having cosmetic procedures done for the right reasons.

    I have big trouble with the idea of setting these women into a competition with each other--it just seems like an amalgam of some of the worst stereotypes about women, that we're vain, superficial, and raring for a catfight. I don't know, I could be wrong, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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