My friend Rob and I came up with an idea for a new reality show. The competition element of Survivor, with the audience participation of American Idol, with the celebrity factor of Dancing with the Stars, with the international appeal of the Olympics.
"Who Wants To Be A Celebrity's Next Adopted Kid?"
A dozen orphans from countries around the world (China! Rwanda! Canada!) compete to be the one kid that a well-known celebrity will end up adopting at the end of the program. On week one, we introduce the celebrity, some likable famous person who's eager to adopt a child and give him or her an amazingly overprivileged life. Each week, the children do something -- show off a talent, take an IQ test, prance around in a swimsuit, whatever -- and the audience calls in to vote one of the twelve orphans "Back to the Orphanage" until only one child is left, and that's the winner.
I'd watch it, wouldn't you?