Portage la Prairie, MB
Contestants are hoping the odds will ever be in their favour as they battle to the death to see who will win new kitchen appliances, luggage, airfare for two to Vancouver and $10,000 in cash.
The groundbreaking concept will not only be the first Canadian game show to involve participants putting their lives on the line to win fabulous prizes but it will the first in the world.
Inspired by the best-selling science fiction books and movies, The Hunger Games, Ultimate Eliminations brings the future to the present.
A local highlight will be the setting of Island Park acting as the stadium for the game and the use of the newly renovated City Hall bell as the signal when a contestant is eliminated.
The bell will replace the cannon from the novel and movies and add a Portage flair local officials are excited about.
“With the death element in this reality game show, Ultimate Elimination will put Portage on the map,” city spokesperson Kenny Books said. “The City Hall bell has always reminded me of AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells so the tie-in to the game show should work great.”
The production is not without controversy with critics suggesting reality TV may have gone to far with the killing of contestants. Fans of reality shows like Big Brother, The Apprentice and The Voice see the inclusion of death as an element of the show as something fresh, and are looking forward to it.
“This is the next step in the evolution of reality based game shows,” producer Ryan Coke said. “Viewers are getting bored with the traditional contests and elimination of contestants. Having people’s lives on the line should drive ratings back to levels we saw when the reality genre first launched.”
CIPP-TV and American networks are banking on the show being a ratings bonanza but giving it a prime time Sunday night slot.
“We’re hoping families will come together and watch,” Coke said. “Most kills will happen off-screen but we won’t shy away from showing the bodies after, followed by a 45 second memorial tribute at the end of each show.”
Island Park will be shut down to the public for a one-month period starting next week and the City Hall bell will be ringing randomly as game show participants are killed off.
The winning player will be named an honorary citizen of Portage and be given a canoe and the key to the city.
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