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Mar 30, 2013 04:05 PM

Would you be more inclined to watch Restaurant Stakeout if

Would you be more inclined to watch if the ads said:

We film a team of professional actors and restaurant professionals as they work as temps or pose as customers while the owner is away-- and then let the owner evaluate the staff with the help of entrepreneur WIllie Deagul[LoTR sic] !!

Set it up more like... I dunno... like an Allen Funt production?

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    1. re: nemo

      I really mean it, though!!

      There seems to be an established market for both "Punk'd" style and "disaster business/relationship repair" shows, but as of now, I can't get past the fact that RS is currently Restaurant FakeOut-- but it's the viewers who are being sold a bill of goods.

      As a viewer, I LIKE dramatic irony-- when the implications of a situation are known to the audience but not by the "characters" [apologies for my English teacher moment].
      If we felt we were part of the action-- especially the behind the scenes action-- wouldn't "we" be more invested in the show?

      1. re: Kris in Beijing

        This and dozens of other 'reality' shows are a testament to how stupid AKA ill-informed/thick the producers think the viewing public is. The 'viewing public' have been watching TV six hours a day + every day of their lives and they can smell the stink of a phony 'reality show' a mile away.
        Ever heard this phrase? It's all BS? That's b/c it is.

        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          I do think it's a solid idea because I think it would force the show to do better writing.

          If the audience knows up front that a situation more inline with Punk'd is being set up - then there's a basis of comparison. Situations would need to be created/generated that both feel real but are also engaging and interesting.

          Punk'd worked best when - even though the viewer at home knew that the situation was being faked, it was real enough to them so that they believed that the pranked person would buy it. That has the possibility in RS, but it would also mean hiring a writing staff to figure out how to be fun and creative about it.

      2. >Set it up more like... I dunno... like an Allen Funt production?

        Only if a food cart splits in half and goes by on each side of a customer. Or they find a kangaroo in the restaurant restroom. ;-)

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        1. re: Antilope


          I suppose the fish could be served live.

        2. Notice none of the (cough) 'staff are ever actually fired. Just given a slap on the wrist and told to
          be good' from now on. What a 'load'.

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