Several April Fool’s Day jokes today have found humor in reality TV, but the truly funny thing is that these stories are all about things that should happen.
Consider this: starting with tonight’s American Idol, viewers can vote via Twitter to save one of the bottom two finalists. On this very day in 2009, I joked that Idol would start accepting Twitter votes because “What’s better than combining America’s favorite waste of time with America’s newest favorite waste of time?”
So yes, fiction can become reality, and I think these three jokes should all come true in some form or another. Check them out while we wait to hear whether or not Amazon’s ridiculous buttons are actually a joke or not.
The Bachelor Hot Tubs
In a fake press release, Warner Bros. Television announced “The Bachelor Hot Tub.” There is no reason this should not already be a thing. Just read and try to find out what here sounds absurd (spoiler: none of it):
The creative team behind the successful Bachelor franchise, from Warner Horizon Television and ABC, introduces a new line of luxurious hot tubs, available April 1 at retailers nationwide. Inspired by the series’ iconic hot tub moments, the limited-edition “The Bachelor Hot Tub” will offer energy-efficient stainless steel spas in a variety of styles, loaded with custom features, including a built-in vase for fresh-cut roses.
“Hot tubs represent a great way of life — a life filled with romance and passion,” said Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss. “It’s only appropriate that we introduce a line of Bachelor-brand hot tubs.”
“The Bachelor Hot Tub” includes a variety of Bachelor-inspired features, including cushioned seating, built-in candle holders for much-desired mood lighting, a hidden waterproof compartment — perfect for stashing breath mints for that impromptu make-out session — and adjustable water jets to control the pressure. Additionally, each hot tub purchase comes with a complimentary one-year supply of easy-to-use, specially formulated cleaning products that, when mixed with alcohol, produce an instant floral-scented aphrodisiac. (Note: May cause tears.)
As a special bonus, for each “The Bachelor Hot Tub” purchase made on April 1, new owners will receive a limited-edition mini fridge fully stocked with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
VH1’s Space D.A.T.E.
The one joke that got me today, at least momentarily, was VH1’s announcement of Space D.A.T.E. (Dating Above The Exosphere), with the subtitle of “A Match Made in Heaven.” A trip-to-Mars reality show is something, and combining it with a dating show makes about as much sense as anything else. The press release included these fun details:
Would-be space travelers who apply to be a part of the mission will submit to myriad tests, including an objective evaluation to determine if they are ‘hot or not.’ VH1, known for its bold series such as Lighthearted Entertainment’s “Dating Naked” (Season 2 coming this summer to VH1), will analyze this data to select 20 sexy contestants to enter a Martian ‘Love Pod,’ where they will complete a number of challenges in the hopes of finding something more stimulating than just evidence of alien life forms in outer space.
But what our interplanetary daters will soon find out is that they have a roommate – B.A.R. – the Bi-curious Androgynous Rover – who is also seeking that ‘special someone.’ Will robo-human love send shock waves through the Love Pod? As “Space D.A.T.E.” heats up, two things are sure to be flowing in the pod – oxygen and drama!
Also, as this (ridiculous) trailer shows, the combination of romance and danger is pretty compelling:
Big Brother UK and US producer swap
The Big Brother UK site bbspy reported that Big Brother US executive producer Allison Grodner would take over the UK production, while UK producers would travel to the US to help out. It’s the most bitingly satirical piece of these three. An excerpt:
It is thought that she is using the opportunity to test risky new ideas that she’s hoping to implement in future seasons of BBUSA — which features a radically different format, with only one contestant (dubbed the ‘Head of Household’) getting to nominate each week.
An insider told bbspy: “Allison watched the Power Trip series last year and was thrilled that the bosses managed to get away with manipulating drama, cancelling immunity and executing a different nominations twist almost every single week.
“But she’s got some even bigger ideas on how to up the ante with the meddling, so she’s worked out a deal to come across the pond for the summer and show us how its done.
As part of the arrangement, the BBUK execs will travel Stateside to assist Grodner’s right-hand man Rich Meehan on BBUSA. They are expected to discuss how ditching the 24-hour live feed – a fundamental Big Brother feature – has helped them cover up details of format breaches, such as celebrity housemates getting outside contact.
There’s a clear argument being made here, infused with complaints about both versions. But as absurd as it sounds, would it actually be a bad idea? To put fresh eyes on formats that, in each country, could use a little life this late in the game? I’d argue that each series has things it could teach the other, though fans of the UK series would probably tell me its format is superior. But we all know that it’s Canada that has perfected the format, because they’re Canada and they can do anything.