The network that brought you "Whacked Out Videos" and "Ninja Warrior" and "Cheaters," has a new reality show in the works. It's called "Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan," and it will, with the U.S. military's blessing, follow an American explosive ordnance disposal team as they risk lives trying to disarm bombs.
Last night on the show, guest Frank Rich pointed out that the Pentagon has signed on for this kind of thing before. The military teamed up with super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer on "Tales from the Front Lines," another reality show based in Afghanistan.
If it's true that the prospect of things going wrong is the main allure of reality shows, then in this case the lure, really, is the prospect of American casualties. "I feel sorry for these men and women who are going to be portrayed in a kind of a snuff movie quality that's depressing," Rich tells us.
Another viewer made a different comparison. "The Roman emperor built the Colosseum and gladiators to distract the public as the conspirators," @zoomarang writes. "Today reality tv."