FOX’s Who’s Your Daddy airs tonight.

FOX’s Who’s Your Daddy airs tonight.
FOX kicks off the new year on an icky note by airing Who’s Your Daddy, a 1.5 hour adoption-themed reality special. Although “[s]ix episodes have been filmed,” as Reuters reports, “so far only one has been scheduled for broadcast.”

That suggests FOX is being very cautious; the network hasn’t even created a full web site for the show. A summary on FOX’s web site does say that the “dramatic and emotional” special will feature a woman meeting her biological father. But wait, there’s more: “Before meeting her dad, the young woman will be presented with eight men, all claiming to be her father, and she must determine which one really is. And to keep her real dad from revealing himself from the start, there is $100,000 at stake for his daughter.”

So far, one station, the affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., won’t air the special (and rejecting FOX series is nothing new for WRAZ). The show does have defenders: in Newsday, Lorraine Dusky writes that this special “is not really so different from the hundreds of birth parent-adopted child reunions that found favor–and huge audiences–when Oprah, Geraldo Rivera, Maury Povich and Sally Jesse Raphael made them happen in front of a live audience and broadcast to millions.”

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