“Reality Channel Asia”
What if reality shows were based on actual reality? And what if that reality were the world of foreign affairs, development and aid? Below are some possible show ideas.
Co-authorship and credit for the concept goes to my friend and colleague Craig Knowles.
THE BIGGEST GAINER — Which refugee has been carbo-stacking?
PROJECT HILLTRIBE — It’s auf wiedersehen Vientiane for one ethnic designer!
SO YOU THINK U.N. CAN DANCE — The much-anticipated semi-final delayed pending 16 conference calls.
AMAZING RACE MYANMAR — Trouble for guest judge Aung San Suu Kyi as 11 teams compete to sail canoes across Inye Lake.
NGO IDOL –With just five weeks remaining, who cares?
TRADING PLACES — A Bangladeshi slum family struggles in their Phuket mansion, while life in a cardboard box isn’t the cakewalk this ex-pat family imagined.
THE APPRENTICE – WORLD BANK – It’s a race to the finish line as competitors ignore institutional corruption while handing out billions of dollars in loans! Whose team will default first?
PUNK’DISTAN – An explosive outcome for our team to punk warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum about his cut in Afghan heroin trade.
BIG BROTHER – PATPONG - Drunken tourist Michele wins “Head of the Brothel” after backpacker Natalie refuses to tell businessman David that 16 year-old Noi from Isaan is in fact a lady-boy.
JON AND KATE PLUS AID – With an international conference looming, Jon and Kate struggle to finish their report on harmonizing donor practices for the implementation of effective aid delivery mechanisms.
TEMPTATION ISLAND – PAKISTAN – Confusion ensues when the Couple Men can’t tell apart the burqa-clad Single Girls.
SURVIVOR – FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB – a Reuters reporter wins the Immunity Idol avoiding this week’s round of layoffs, while competition grows for dwindling resources for correspondents in the Murdoch tribe.