How about a reality TV show that sends people to Mars to establish a colony? Sounds like a great sci-fi book or movie. Or…actually a TV show about real people settling Mars. Click that link. You gotta read this…Then come back.
Imagine the ratings on the episode when that one guy, the not real smart one, runs out of oxygen on his mission to find one of the original Mars rovers. And when they kick someone off the island, I mean planet, that’s the real deal. The ratings wouldn’t just be stellar, they’d be extraterestrial.
I can easily imagine this being a broadcast TV spectacle that brings viewers in like a live sporting event does. It could easily beat Dancing with the Stars. After all that show doesn’t have real Stars. We all know that. The first two years of space travel would be the dullest. Maybe those are just monthly specials. But then you get the landing! Oh Baby! How much could they charge a minute to advertisers for that broadcast!?
And when the Mars show hits its sophomore slump (Typical complaint – I stopped watching because it was just so much yadda-yadda-yadda, big storm coming, yadda-yadda-yadda who is going to win the cup of pudding or the real apple this week…) they can have a singing contest. The Best in the Galaxy moniker would actually mean something.
By the fifth season it would have mainly Ultimate Fighters on it tearing each others oxygen tubes out. And by the 9th season the Superbowl would feature a half-time show from Mars.