ABC’s reality TV promos for tonight’s 20/20 adoption ep cause controversy.

ABC’s reality TV promos for tonight’s 20/20 adoption ep cause controversy.
Controversy surrounds tonight’s episode of ABC’s 20/20. Promos for the show initially framed it as a reality TV competition in which five couples compete to adopt a baby. During the show, titled “Be My Baby,” a 16-year-old mother will interview prospective parents: “Imagine five couples vying for the same unborn baby,” the show’s site says. TV promos for the show called it “the ultimate reality show” with a “nerve-racking elimination round,” as The Guardian points out. ABC even compared the show to its reality series The Bachelor, according to The New York Times. 20/20 host Barbara Walters tells the paper the show is not reality TV, but is a “straightforward news report” and says, “There is no competition. No one is awarded a baby. Nobody wins a baby.” Making the story even weirder, spoon bender Uri Geller says he’s suing to stop the show from airing–because the “show is an exact rip-off of his yet-to-be published novel ‘Nobody’s Child’ which follows a reality TV game show where five couples compete to win a baby,” Reuters reports.

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