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    This Show Has Gone to an All Time Low

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    May 11, 2004 -- Reality TV has been known to pull the wool over people's eyes, but this time, it may have gone too far.
    At a taping for the upcoming "bad talent" series, "Superstar USA" producers lied and told audience members that the talentless contestants were actually terminally ill patients from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    The producers were worried that if they didn't lie, the audience would laugh or boo the contestants and give away the entire premise of the show, which is to fool really bad singers into thinking they're good.

    The show, which debuts Monday on the WB network, is a spoof of "American Idol" reject William Hung and the rest of the tryouts who don't seem to realize just how bad they are.

    The idea of the show is to reward only the worst singers in the competition and move them on to the next round. The joke, of course, is on the deluded singers - with the very worst of them being crowned the "winner" at the end of the four-week series.

    Officials for "Superstar USA" and the WB issued apologies over the weekend about the Make-a-Wish Foundation comment after an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

    "One of the producers ad-libbed something to the audience - who had been paid to be there - that may have offended someone in the audience, and for that we sincerely apologize," the production company said in a statement. "The remark is not in the show and was never intended to be in the show."



    The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which aims to grant last wishes to dying people, told the newspaper: "Obviously, we would not want our name used in any manner that would be misleading or deceiving to anyone."

    But not everyone in the "Superstar" audience took the bait. One member who requested anonymity told the paper that the singers were so bad, he knew the show had to be a put-on.

    "I said to myself, 'There should be some cancer patients who could actually hold a note,' " he said.
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    This is absolutly disgusting!

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    Well I knew this show was 'disturbing' from the start so no surprise there.

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    um, wow. Some producer spoke before he thought on that one!

    Can't wait for this train-wreck to start!

    I hope WB makes a donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation for this.
    ugh. I don't get time to watch TV anymore, much less hang out at the FORT.

    But don't you worry, I'll be back in full force on or about November 3rd.

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    wow how cruel can some people be

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wenders
    I hope WB makes a donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation for this.
    GOOD IDEA!

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    What arseholes. I don't know what to think about the premise of this yet..I'll just have to watch the first episode or two before casting a judgement.
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    Oh, my. Somebody crossed a line there...I was willing to give this show a shot but this really rubs me the wrong way.

    Would it have killed them to say, "this is a hoax show, cheer loudest for the bad ones"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hepcat
    Oh, my. Somebody crossed a line there...I was willing to give this show a shot but this really rubs me the wrong way.

    Would it have killed them to say, "this is a hoax show, cheer loudest for the bad ones"?
    It would have probably got the audience to cheer and appauld louder if they knew these people actually thought they were good and on a real talent show. But I think it's going too far this time. I never planned on watching it, but if I ever thought about it, this would turn me off.

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    Eugh. How slimey. Serious lack of judgement on the producers part.
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    They're probably looking for the next William Hung.

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