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Wednesday December 5, 2007 4:41 pm

FOX Tests Contestants in ‘The Moment of Truth’

FOX logoOver the years, FOX has really pushed the limits on what can be considered acceptable television viewing – especially when it comes to the network’s reality lineup. Shows like Temptation Island became titillating, guilty pleasures, while the Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire extravaganza inspired plenty of attention-grabbing headlines. FOX became famous for reality with , and has tried re-creating that success with several similar carnations of the hit series. But now, the network is doing something a little different with . Unlike the hit , this is not the sort of game show you’re going to want to watch with your kids.

You’ve probably seen the trailers. A single contestant sits in a chair in the middle of a huge audience. The stage is in the round, so the pressure comes from all angles. The contestants are asked questions of a highly personal nature – do you really care about starving children in Africa, are you repulsed by obese people, have you ever cheated on your wife? Here’s the twist – the contestants are hooked up to a polygraph machine, also known as a lie detector test. One contestant will even have to face his own father, a man who was not a part of his life. It’s a little sadistic, highly compelling, and just the formula FOX needs to continue the network reputation as being cutting edge.

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Each contestant will have to answer 21 questions (truthfully) to win the grand prize of $500,000; each inquiry will get progressively more personal as the studio audience and friends and family watch. , the former host of (not the actor with the similar name), will head this show.

premieres Wednesday, January 23 at 9 PM, a time slot that’s sure to ensure the success of the series.  The program was actually ordered in August and kept off the schedule, but has now found a spot thanks to the .

Truth is actually derived from a similar game show which originally aired in Columbia. That show had to be canceled when one contestant admitted to hiring a hit man to kill her husband. Now, that’s what I call sensational TV.

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