"What if I just pretend to do them?"
"What if we just pretend we didn't hear that?"
Another cast member, Grease's Jeff Conaway, said he was always aware he was being filmed and would sometimes act up and be more dramatic for the cameras. He also said he couldn't wait to leave the show and do more drugs. He was not a well man. But instead of convincing him to quit, they simply asked him to shut up about it and let the viewers think he was done with drugs. It was a terrible, irresponsible plan, and the worst thing happened: He died a few years later. No one's saying VH1 is responsible for keeping drug addicts alive, but for fuck's sake, they should at least be able to say "We tried our best" at their funerals.
A British Reality Show Drops People Into The Wilderness For A Year, Doesn't Tell Them The Show Is Canceled
A little over one year ago, a British TV channel decided to do the most original thing on Earth and throw a bunch of strangers into the remote wilderness and film their descent into desperation (both for food and for attention). The show, Eden, called itself a "social experiment," because it involved more than filming them for a few weeks. It abandoned 23 people in the Scottish Highlands for an entire year. Oh, and then they abandoned them.
The producers started releasing episodes while the "social experiment" was still going on. Filming started on March 2016 and the first episode aired in July. The public responded with resounding boredom. By the time the fourth episode aired, only about only about 800,000 people were still watching. And it wasn't much more fun for the participants, 13 of whom decided to quit. Disinterest caused the show to be cancelled and soon forgotten. Unfortunately, this included forgetting to tell the contestants.
"Didn't you get the email?"
The 10 remaining contestants slept in sheep shit, having no idea it was all for nothing, for the entire 12 months. They finally emerged in March of this year to an entirely new world. They had no idea Brexit or President Trump happened. And to them, the phrase "Taco Bell Naked Chicken Chalupa" meant nothing but vaguely delicious-sounding gibberish.
Expecting a warm welcome from their TV fans, they instead found out they wasted a year of their lives wallowing in thirst, hunger, and petty drama. The show's official Twitter account hilariously died off, forgetting to promote the people starving in the woods to even its loyal 2,200 followers. The producers have since said they plan on airing the rest of the episodes sometime this year, presumably for people interested in watching the train wreck of a show for more train wreck-y reasons.
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