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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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jasmint jasmint 8 years
I guess it's kind of awful, but I'll probably watch it at least once. These people know what their getting into, so I can't pity them too much.
aquanteal22 aquanteal22 8 years
I’m going to watch the premiere, if only to find out how they intend to pull it off. Is money really more important to people than are relationships? How many people can really survive 21 questions? How will they account for the anxiety the contestant feels when those horrible questions are posed? Is America (or just Fox) going through Jerry Springer withdrawal?
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 8 years
I hate to admit it, but I'm going to watch the first show at least. I'm just intrigued. I hope they tell what happens to the people after the show was over. Surely it's not as horrible as the previews make it seem. You also have to keep in mind that not all of these game shows are reality, even one like this. We'll see.
lady-T lady-T 8 years
as long as im not on it i'll watch it if it comes to our shores..
telewyo telewyo 8 years
my question is...where do they get the specific horrible questions about people's personal lives? why would you tell them that stuff if you were embarrassed to say it on tv and if it's the family members coming up with it...that's pretty awful!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I think this show is a bit disturbing...
motherof3 motherof3 8 years
I can't help it. I'll be watching.
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
My husband and I have been looking forward to it!
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
"Oh, God." is right. Pff, y'all crazy. I'ma watch.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 8 years
I'll pass.
jcamp2020 jcamp2020 8 years
I have a really bad feel for this show. I was made uncomfortable by just watching their commercials. This is a home wreck just waiting to happen. Nothing funny here. Where is Art Linkletter when we really need him? Make us laugh..not wince. B. Spears..this is the show for you. Not in my house.
marcella marcella 8 years
I won't be watching, but I do like the dark turn that game shows and reality shows are taking. We're not far off from some crazy Japanese shows where they torture the contestants. It's really like a stupidity tax at this point.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I might watch a few minutes
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
And, I probably will watch just to confirm that it is a strange, unsettling show.
wren1 wren1 8 years
This show looks like trouble, like it will make people mad and hurt their feelings.
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
This show looks so stupid, I will not watch it.
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