“Amazing Race meets Phone Booth” show concept being auctioned off on eBay.

“Amazing Race meets Phone Booth” show concept being auctioned off on eBay.
Greg Cooper, who describes himself in a press release as “an accomplished veteran of the broadcasting industry with nearly 20 years experience,” is auctioning off the rights to a reality show he developed. The high bidder will win “the intellectual property rights to an all new reality series concept entitled ‘The Cube.'” The auction says the show is “‘The Amazing Race’ meets ‘Phone Booth,'” which of course is a movie where people get picked off by a sniper. Sadly, no culturally insensitive morons get shot in this show, which is summarized thusly:

We take 20 people – strangers – a mixture of males and females – and pair them up. The teams are given a cell phone – and then they each move in to a separate 6′ x 6′ enclosed transparent cube on a public street. The contestants can bring anything they want – but all of it must fit in the cube. All of the cubes will be located in the same city. One person from the team must stay in the cube at all times. Each contestant is given a limited number of minutes each day to leave the cube for hygiene. … The rest of everyday is spent trying to complete various tasks assigned by the producers of the show. … That person will then leave the cube to do something extreme and very challenging – and they’ll have to do it faster than their opponents. … As a kicker, we’ll also set up “cube cams” on the internet so that the world can watch all of the teams 24 hours a day.

All of this begs the question: If the concept was so amazing, why not sell it to a network? And why summarize it in a public forum? Maybe that explains the current bid, as of 9:30 a.m. ET: $1.

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