DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TRY OUT FOR THE REALITY SHOW TONTINE!

Published 23 August 07 07:35 PM | scoutmom

 COURTESY OF REALITY BLURRED: 

Tontine contestants will give up their life savings to fund the show’s $10 million prize

Tontine, the forthcoming reality show that promises the biggest prize in reality TV history—$10 million—will get that cash from the show’s contestants, who will give up their life savings to participate.

Bostonist discovered that twist attending an open casting call in Boston, where the show’s casting director, Tad Frank, and host, Rob Mariano, told potential contestants, “The 10 million that’s up for grabs is not coming from the network. It’s coming from the contestants,” and then asked auditioners, “Are you going to be able to walk with 14 other people’s life savings?”

As the site notes, “Ten million split 15 ways is about $666,667, and few people have that kind of net worth. … One of Tontine’s staffers, Phill Gunter, said that the network airing the show — no one is revealing the network yet — will fill in the gap once the cast is assembled. Personality and a willingness to risk everything is what’s most important.”

Bostonist also reports that the show will film “for 100 days — the longest shoot in reality-show history — and the cast and crew will visit all the continents, including Antarctica.”

 

 http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/tontine/2007_Jul_30_life_savings

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# Fluffy Cow said on August 23, 2007 07:59 PM:

Ok, that is stupid.  Anyone who is actually willing to go along with that deserves the consequences.

# fleur_de_lis said on August 23, 2007 08:03 PM:

What if you only had a few dollars in savings? Would they go along with that? What a creepy requirement-that disappoints me...

# bechoo said on August 24, 2007 10:50 PM:

Wow.  You have to wonder what people could possibly be thinking

# scoutmom said on August 25, 2007 10:30 PM:

I'm sure there is another twist to this someplace, but they sure aren't being up front about it!