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TV Tonight: The Moment of Truth

The previews for The Moment of Truth, the new Fox series that premieres tonight after American Idol, have been making me squirm — and I think that means they're doing their job. The series features contestants hooked up to lie detectors while being asked personal, potentially humiliating questions — "Do fat people repulse you?" and "Would you ever cheat on your wife?" among them. Answering honestly means earning money, with those who answer all 21 questions truthfully going home with $500,000. Hey, they might not have spouses or friends anymore, but at least they're rich!

I've been curious about the Fox version of this show ever since the Colombian game show it's based on was yanked off the air amid controversy over the summer. Now, after relentless promotion (which included a Truth Booth in Santa Monica where passersby subjected themselves to the show's prying questions without money on the table), it's finally making its debut. But will it be good entertainment that reveals interesting things about our culture — or will it just be too uncomfortable to watch?

Anyone else eager to see how this show plays out? You can watch a preview clip if you


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