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  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST

    I don't want to live in this country any more

    by Jor-El23

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    This is an Ugly, Stupid Show


    I imagine a lot of people tuned in because they couldn't believe it. Who wants to watch something like this? More than that, who would participate? I predict this will die faster that most reality game show messes. Or maybe I'm just hoping.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:14 p.m. CST

    You could be in Iraq....

    by Volfan8404

    At least you're not in Iraq. It sucks out here.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    My problem with the show would be the questions

    by AlwaysThere

    The questions are likely to be loaded or the subsequent answers will be outright lies.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:18 p.m. CST

    it's an asinine premise.

    by greyspecter

    Wouldn't your heartrate be high anyway? You're on TV, competing for money! Always get my blood up.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Hey Writers... better get back to work

    by modlight

    You have a well done show based around one of the biggest grossing movies of all time going opposite a long version of a Howard Stern Gag. And it gets killed. Talk Shows are the same, Reality Shows are killing, all we're discovering is that average Americans don't give a shit about the written word (unfortunately).

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    I'll admit that I watched...


    It was entertaining, and I hate myself for thinking that. The pace was too slow, however. It's really a terrible concept, but it's intrinsically fascinating. Only on Fox...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The polygraph test is done BEFORE the show

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    they aren't hooked up there live. They're just repeating the answers they gave during the testing and then finding out the results. Which is one thing that takes away from the true suspense and appeal of it.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:32 p.m. CST

    RE: greyspecter


    The catch is that the polygraph is done BEFORE the taping and the contestants don't know the results.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    I like it

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    They need to speed up the early questions and stop with the dramatic pauses - the contestants are obviously told to pause even when they would answer right away.'s especially silly considering they did the actual polygraph test before the show. I actually like the show, just needs to speed up. and hey, if people dont like the idea of airing their dirty laundry, they shouldnt go on the show.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    sad to admit...

    by Taragor

    I didnt watch it and probably wont, but serioulsy, aside of deal or no deal this has to be the easiest way to make money....if you really dont give a crap about who you hurt with the tuth, how easy would it be to sit and admit you hate your boss, dont like being married, or have dreams about large oiled men and donkey's.... not that that has ever happened to me. nevermind

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Jor-El23, that was comedy... but there's worse on TV

    by Heckles

    I missed this show, but it looks like a fantastic train wreck. We're just polishing the Titanic on TV and it's great. American Idol is far worse than anything else out there, however. Functionally retarded contestants ripped apart by a smarmy British chap, a doped up has-been sloshing and slurring in between slurps of Diet Coke and a jibbering Arsenio catchphrase stealing doofus. Then these karoke game show winners go on to instant and fleeting fame, with few exceptions. Sure, there are a couple diamond encrusted pieces of corn in that piece of shit show, but the fact they achieved success from an over-glorified Gong Show is laughable.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    This show is for people on welfare...

    by poeticwarriorII

    and with shitty jobs that come home looking for someone dumber than they are so they can watch them destroy their lives. It just so happens America is filled with people on welfare and McDonald's counter workers because the gov. shipped all the good jobs overseas. Another nail in the coffin.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:36 p.m. CST

    One Big Problem I Have:

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    considering they took the test earlier, dont they KNOW the questions coming up, or at least the pool of potential questions, and therefore know whether or not they really want to go on at that point or take the money and leave?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck this

    by eric haislar

    Come to to the Indy TB for MILF discussion.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Stern wasnt first..and oh yeah, Stern SUCKS

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    a version of this was done on foreign tv before stern, thats where this came from. And who actually listens to or watches Howard Stern? hes unoriginal, unfunny, and uninteresting

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:47 p.m. CST


    by Musicballs

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    And the writer's strike just got extended...

    by trojanwilliams

    The producers now have all the ammo they need to give a big "Fuck You" to the writers. If non-scripted stuff like this can beat out Terminator then the writers are screwed. God luck living on savings for another year.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST


    by torontoxic

    Why do people think this is such as easy cause and effect? Lot's of stupid people watch a stupid show. So? Stupid people have less money to buy the stuff advertising and the show should charge way less for low brow gutter television as a result. Punish stupidity accordingly. <P> Ratings mean WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too much to people. Same as box office. If you want money go manage a hedge fund. There's supposed to be at least some intelligence and art to this shit. It's documenting our times for future generations after all. That's you know...that actual point. Not $$$.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Elitist pricks!

    by ThornBalls

    I'm sure everyone here is far too classy to lower themselves to this level. What a bunch of shit. I was looking forward to this and after it was over I was a little disappointed by the format and snail pacing of the questions. I can't stand a show where there is such a huge risk to go forward as opposed to taking the money and walking. If you don't want to watch it or admit to watching it then kindly shut the fuck up. I couldn't care less about half the gay ass shit most of the jizz guzzlers cream themselves about on here but I don't feel the need to be so fucking negative and insulting about something I haven't seen or enjoyed myself. I get a laugh at seeing all the shit that all of the crybabies on this site hate selling tickets or racking up high viewers because I know it will just spawn more of the same shit for them to cry about some more. Try getting a life and move out of Mom's basement and you won't have the need to fill 50 hours a week with television and movies.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Polygraph tests are bullshit.

    by DarthCorleone

    The central conceit of this show is fundamentally flawed. Polygraph tests are useful, but - as someone who has taken one before - they are far from perfect.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    This is horrible horrible news...

    by tonagan

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I just can't bring myself to watch it

    by Grendel745

    No way, no how. I've weaned myself off of reality TV (aside from The Amazing Race) and writer's strike be damned, I'm not going back. Not when there's quality shows from abroad I've yet to see, already aired shows available that I never got into and some surprisingly good homegrown Canadian content.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    What are those horsemen I see

    by skimn

    on the horizon...? Bye everybody...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST

    That show is pathetic...and proof that Fox is shameless.

    by Kirbymanly

    What could be better than sitting around the television with the family to watch how a man lies about cheating on his wife? America, I salute you.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:33 p.m. CST

    And yet, Drive was cancelled

    by Purgatori

    Everybody should go kiss Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart's collective hot asses. They are the ONLY good thing left on TV and were getting their balls kicked for doing it. The truth is Terminator is going to fade once they reach their filmed episode limit. It's a good show, but I doubt it's going to be kept around by Fox. Summer Glau is in it, and all Firefly cast members have no fucking luck on that network. Mark my words. I loves my little good Catholic boy and my fallen to the side Jew.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    The show was retarded and retards liked it

    by Charlie Murphy

    honestly, why the big show of it? you ask someone a real embarrassing question, that they answer "yes" to. why wait ten seconds to say "that answer is......................true"? obviously it's fucking true. who in their right mind would lie about something real fucked up, embarass themselves and lose money? the only questions they should have that pause after are the ones the people answer no to. honestly, the show got through like 18 questions. IN ONE HOUR. what a waste of time. they could be breezing through this show no problem. and the way the contestants cheer for themselves after getting a question right... wtf. "are you a member of the men's hair club?" "yes" "that answer is true" and the guy goes nuts, as if there was some doubt in his own mind that it wasn't true. i hated myself after the thing was over, for not shutting it off five minutes in.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    Next thing ya know, Fox will put out Man vs. Beast shows, Celebrity Has-Been Boxing Shows and a show about a girl marrying a Millionaire... Oh wait, that DID happen. Boy they are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I don't get it, someone explain it to me

    by BadMrWonka

    OK, I really don’t get this. There’s a new reality show on Fox called “The Moment of Truth”, where basically, contestants are hooked up to a lie detector in front of their friends and family, and are asked embarrassing/personal questions. If they tell the truth, they get paid. If they lie, they don’t get paid. <p> Let’s go back to Logic 101, shall we? Say you’re asked, “Do you love your girlfriend?” and you don’t. You say (truthfully) “No.” She gets mad, you get paid. Conversely, if you say (untruthfully) “Yes”, the machine beeps, she sees that your “yes” answer was a lie, she still gets mad, and you don’t get paid. So why would you lie? even if you refuse to answer whether you love her or not, she'll know you don't.<p> If you sign up for the show, you’re screwing yourself (unless you’re an absolute saint) so why not get paid? I absolutely don’t understand the logic of this. shouldn’t everyone win? or do they pick people too dumb to see that there’s no difference between telling the truth, and lying to a machine that says you’re lying? <p> And not for nothing, but this show was adopted from a South American version that was cancelled when a woman admitted on air to hiring a hit man to kill her husband. awesome. sounds just perfect for americans looking to actively lower their IQ. between the Hills and American Idol, they should be drooling in no time.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    all excellent points, Wonka

    by Charlie Murphy

    and i meant no offense to anyone on here by saying the show is for retards. but... it kinda is.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Curiosity soon soon dies

    by Tripster2001

    I saw it. Hopeful. I like dish. This was annoying. The over use of overly long pauses. The people hand picked to make you believe they have skeletons. Questions that are about as intriguing as job application. I won't be watching it again. Not because of any anti reality tv but just because its dumb.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Brainless dribble....

    by Playkins

    The fact that ANYONE is entertained by this ABSOLUTELY MINDLESS TRASH is proof that our country is filled with moronic buffoons. This makes me wish that the networks would go dark. Absolutely pathetic.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    we have a british version with Jerry Springer

    by lb

    ...its fucking awful. It makes no sense to me why people enjoy this show. Its fucking tasteless and pointless. The ratings will drop as soon as the morbid curiosity factor dies off.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    The reason this works...

    by UltimaRex a simple one. Deep down, everyone secretly (or nowadays not so secretly) loves pricks and dumbasses. I live in the UK. I hate all "reality TV" and can proudly boast to have never watched more than 5 minutes (under duress) of big brother. (Orwell IS spinning in his grave. I can hear him from here) But I know who nasty Nick and Jade Goody are. And that saddens me...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST

    P.S.- Does someone in the industry know...

    by Playkins

    ...Do they still use diaries in Nielsen ratings, or is is all set-top boxes? The reason I ask is that I knew someone that was a "Nielsen Household", and I know that they used to lie in their ratings diary because they didn't want people to think they only watched TLC and Public TV. <P> Not that I'm trying to get anyone busted, I just can't believe that show would really get that high of a rating. For those that don't know, nielsen ratings used to work with diaries and set-top boxes, and if you were a Nielsen house, you could have either one or both. People that had the diaries would often just write down the show they wanted to watch, instead of the show they were really watching.<p> I gotta think it's different now, but I don't know for a fact. It's been a long time since I worked at my last TV station.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Hold on a second...

    by jones1899

    Now this show has its obvious flaws, but I am sick and fucking tired of people saying that entertainment in the country is going to shit and that this is why the terrorists hate us. I mean come on. First of all, have you ever seen the retarded shit shows that used to come on in the early days of TV. People have always been eager beavers to get on TV and win cash - whatever the cost. Yeah the show is pretty tough to watch, but its also fascinating to learn about these people. Question by question you form opinions on them, only to have that opinion flipped or at least somewhat altered by the next question. It's fascinating in an almost voyeuristic way to get such a seriously deep look into people's minds and lives. I'm not saying this is exactly high brow entertainment, but it sure as hell is entertainment nonetheless. Don't forget that no one has put a gun to these people's heads to be on this show. The real peek into these people is how they are willing to put their marriages and lives on the line for some cash. It takes all sorts of entertainment - sometimes you want a Deadwood or a There Will Be Blood. Sometimes you want this or Deal or no Deal. I bet the terrorists LOVE this show. By the way, I think after one more ep, I'll be done with it. Fun while it lasted though but it is doomed to get old fast.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by jones1899

    There is a fundamental flaw in this show as it never really makes it worth it for the player to lie about an embarrassing question. Either way you have a pissed off wife. Except if you tell the truth at least you can buy her some jewelry. And don't get me wrong, there is a ton of shit out there on TV. But there are also some of the best shows ever created.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by UltimaRex

    Where do these people get off calling it "reality TV"? Oh sure, I can try out to become a pop star, go to a desert island / rainforest, lock myself in my house or do any of the other idiotic things these moron fucks think is "reality". Please. Your average comic book has more reality than any of these piece of shit shows.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:46 p.m. CST

    can we have the check now please, universe?

    by freydis

    I think we're just about done with the apocalypse.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    I've lived in Europe and this is still much smarter than their s

    by AdrianVeidt

    I've seen so much shit in other countries that is absolutely HORRIBLE. I understand that by American standards (previously set), this is a trashtastic show. I think it's disgusting and vile. But compared to some of the shit in other countries, it's not that vile. Is this a slam against other countries? God no. Is this a "Go America! Fuck yeah!" sort of post. Christ no. Pretty much I just want people to realize this doesn't mean America is "going to shit." It's just bad TV. And, clearly, it comes from the hands of those once responsible for "Temptation Island." Fuck you, Fox. Bring back Kiefer and all is forgiven.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:56 p.m. CST

    But jones1899...

    by UltimaRex

    This IS why the terrorists hate us. Have you seen The Power of Nightmares? It's on youtube. Basically the terrorists hate comes from mindlessness and torture. Both of which I associate with "reality TV"...

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST

    When I read this headline I puked all over the front of myself

    by Evil Lincoln

    Australia is looking better and better all of the time.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:06 p.m. CST

    most of fox's reality shows

    by palewook

    are lifted from stern. fuk fox.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    This show is not a rip off of Stern.

    by hst666

    This is based upon a Columbian show. Stern hasused a lie detector on his show. That is not original in itself. What makes the show original is the game show aspects. I am a HUGE Stern fan, but he goes a bit overboard in his claims of being ripped off (actually, I have not heard him specifically comment on this show, so it may just be some sycophantic listeners commenting). Am I Hot and Street Smarts definitely ripped off the Stern show. Moment of Truth does not.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST


    by jones1899

    I certainly don't want to be the one on this TB defending this show. Interesting to watch on a weird level, but yeah totally shameless. All I am saying is there has always been shit on tv - hell there was a lot of shitty radio and books before that. America is on an odd track right now, but for me it has nothing to do with these type shows as there are plenty of groundbreaking shows and movies out there that are true art. As for the terrorists, we could debate all day why they hate us, but a hate like that is hard to pigeonhole and especially hard to link to some dipshit show like this. Anyway I will def check out that youtube vid.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I have four points to make

    by Dapper Swindler

    * For some reason, I don't classify this show as another trashy reality show. The premise seems to go beyond anything before and instead of trashy it instead seems masterfully evil - which is awesome. I was very interested in watching the show. Then I saw it...<p> * The premise is flawed. No matter how you answer a question, or even if you refuse to answer a question, the truth will come out (assuming the detector is accurate). For example, if asked if you are cheating on your wife and you lie and say no - the truth comes out. If you tell the truth and say yes - the truth comes out. If you refuse to answer the question - the truth comes out because you're obviously hiding something. So there should be no reason that any person does not win the million dollars.<p> * The second flaw in the premise which totally ruins the show is that they are asked the questions ahead of time before they are in the hot seat. So the contestants know exactly what could be asked of them and if they didn't want to answer any of the questions for the money they could just not go in the hot seat and drop out on the first question. They can never ask them an oh shit question because they already know what they will be asked. No matter how you feel about the show it automatically becomes an exercise in futility.<p> * So the show was a huge disappointment. It was pointless. They didn't even get through enough questions and no matter how you feel about reality tv - everyone was bored. The End.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    For fuck's sake

    by Losers_Game

    I cannot think of enough adjectives to describe how damn retarded this show is.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Why is Superman masturbating in the forbidden room?

    by The Winged Doucheman

    He seems really into it too.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I watched this show in horror last night.

    by SkeletonParty

    I figured the only way to make it good would be to put Chris Elliot, Patton Oswalt, or David Cross on the hot seat. And then, when they are asked to explain an embarrassing answer, the explanation is ten times worse than you could possibly imagine. <p>that would be a good show.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Fox is diverting attention away from the bad economy

    by banditmania

    Yes they are.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Have you ever taken a train and eaten it piece by piece

    by The Winged Doucheman

    after you just derailed it with your penis?

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by The Winged Doucheman

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:33 p.m. CST

    It was for Charity.

    by The Winged Doucheman

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by doubleocrow

    The show has way too much "filler in it." Does the audience really need to have 2 explanations on using the "skip" question button? Does the lie detector voice really need to pause for 10 seconds before saying "true" or "false"? I want to see people answer embarrassing questions quickly and move along to the next contestant. I have never seen a show so short on content. Talk about stretching it out.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by LOTGA

    I clicked on this link hoping to find that it set a record for lowest premiere ratings ever. Fuck.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    This show and Stern

    by darquelyte

    First, yes they answer questions before the actual show. They are not told the results of the test. They are then brought on stage and asked 25 of the more than 50 questions they were previously asked. If the detector decided they were lying when they originally answered, and they answer the same way live on stage, then their caught in a lie and lose their money. As for Stern, yes, this show is popular around the world and was the highest rated show in Colombia before it was forcibly canceled when the winner won by revealing that she had hired someone to kill her husband. yes, she told the truth and that's the name of the game, but should she win for having plotted to kill her husband? So, they axed the show. Stern has been doing the lie detector bit for years. Is it possible that someone ripped him off and created this show overseas, only to have it wind up here? Sure. Could it just be coincidental as the premise of the show is not the same in Stern's use? Sure. At the end of the day, it's a bad show, the pacing is much too slow, and it just makes everyone seem like an asshat. Who wants to have their dirty little secrets revealed in order to win money? Eat bugs, live in a house with a bunch of weirdos, starve on a beach, or play a "regular" game show, but I mean, jeez, have some self respect.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:25 p.m. CST


    by CaptainGilgore

    And there's still too much filler. But I enjoyed it. I enjoyed when they asked the self-appointed "hot shit" guy if he looked at other men's penises in the shower and he had to admit 'yes'. --------- But you guys are right, there is *kind of* no reason to lie. However, I think in future episodes, we'll find that when the wife goes ballistic after finding out the guy cheated on her, maybe he'll figure, "do I want to keep doing this? Do I want to keep going?" So there actually is something at stake (how much you're willing to reveal)------- Staying with that, it seems like the only reason the first guy lost was because it was an "up for interpretation" question. It looked like he obviously didn't believe he had done excessive touching in his workouts. I mean, why would he have lied on that question when the one about keeping a secret from his wife was much worse. So there seems to be something wrong with the lie detector here. I cannot wait for a grown man to get near the top and the question is: "Have you ever had sexual thoughts about a 14 year old girl?" That's when we'll be talking! ------- FOX! THIS SHOW IS WAY TOO SLOW! SPEED IT UP AND I'M THERE!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I Weep For Our Nation

    by fedrich519

    I can feel nothing but deep shame that over 20 million people watched that filth. It won't be long and The Running Man will be the next reality show.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I can top this POS show with something even worse.

    by Pennsy

    Paris Hilton is in Northeast Philadelphia tonight at Franklin Mills Mall hyping her "The Hottie and the Nottie". What the frak did we do to deserve this? Is not going 25 years (this May 31st) without a championship in the four major sports punishment enough, God? Why must you torture us still?!?!?? ;)

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    by hst666

    by palewook

    you forgot to mention: <p> american idol <p> are you smarter than a 5th grader. <p> both are old long running bits of his. next fox, will start reality series based on the wheel of sex, and are you hot enough to be in playboy.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Next on Fox:

    by The Winged Doucheman

    Skanks let Wayne Brady throws mayo-lubed bologna at their bare asses in return for breast implants. Bababooey!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Winged Doucheman

    by The Colonel

    Larry is my name, insurance is my game. Raping was another game of mine... You had me at hello.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Chuck is on right now!

    by Mockingbuddha

    How come nobody on this site told me a new Chuck was coming on tonight?! Thank God for Tivo!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Speaking of Springer.....

    by Rev. Slappy

    I was on the treadmill at the gym one morning recently and I was stunned to see that his show is still on the air. Who watches that shit? I realize it was fascinating to some people for 15 minutes about 15 years ago, but how could there still be an audience for it? And then I learned the bald Springer security guard got a show. Fred Phelps is right: America is doomed, but not because we are becoming more accepting of gays. It's because we are rapidly becoming the stupidest motherfuckers on the planet.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST

    I weep for us, too.

    by Rev. Slappy

    The really sad part about America getting stupider is the average person realizes it and finds it funny.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 9:40 p.m. CST

    There were TWO 'Chuck' episodes tonight, actually.

    by Pennsy

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Oh my God!

    by Mockingbuddha

    Pennsy is right two Chucks!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I don't feel so bad now.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    but I'm really a Maury fiend. The anticipation of finding out whether or not some dude is / is not the father of a hoe's child, and the reaction that ensues, is the pinnacle of entertainment. Try watching it. You'll fall off your treadmill fo sho.

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:27 p.m. CST


    by vaterite

    yeah, where's the chuck love, aint it cool!

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    1) Black kid with white parents paternity test" <P> <P> 2) Eleventh dude to be paternity tested ... Next! <p> <p> 3) 2 Bros, 1 Ho ... Who's the father? Can we have the envelope please? <p> <p> 4) This poor girl is deathly afraid of pickles. If you don;t feel for her you have no heart. <p>

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Time to watch some good TV from the rest of the world

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Given the lack of decent TV around (the Wire is only one hour of TV) and coming up (Lost only has 8 episodes so far), if you havent already try some of the great TV from around the world. I am enjoying Spooks (think its called MI-5 in the US). Its really well acted, great writing, and suprises galore. The other one I have just tried is called the Tudors, again great stuff. To be honest am not really concerned if US Network TV dramas dont come back (apart from Lost), but will miss HBO, Showtime and FX

  • Jan. 24, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    what about "real" questions?

    by sith_rising

    like, "do you feel that blacks are more inclined to become violent?" or "are women less intelligent than men?" or "did you ever have a fantasy about raping a girl in high school?" THAT would be entertaining. People don't REALLY want to hear the truth, just the idea of honesty.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:10 a.m. CST


    by skywalkerfamily

    That show is better than this shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by CaptainGilgore

    i think those questions are coming. Somebody's got to get a little further. I don't think they'd give away half a mil without a real cruel question that could destroy someone's life and credibility. I love it!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:50 a.m. CST

    And they cancelled Journeyman....

    by closeencounter

    Tsk, tsk......Lucky I still have the last 2 eps on my DVR.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Who presents the US version?

    by thinboyslim.

    Here in the UK we get Jerry Springer?! So I hope you have an equally annoying Brit looking over the abyss of their own career, someone along the lines of Timmy Mallet (UK in-joke)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc!!!

    by Mezzanine

    Thanks for the Chuck Talkback. Or at least letting people know that it was on. <p> Oh. Wait. You were sucking Reality TV's cock tonight.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by Mezzanine

    If you were hooked up to a lie detector, would you admit it for a million bucks?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Geez, cut the hyperbole already...

    by DreadPirateRoberts

    This is why the terrorist hate us? Hardly. Moment of Truth does not even touch the level of depravity and bottom scraping of some international TV I have seen. It is not even close. It is not even an American original, so just shut up already.<br><br>That said, it was still beyond badly done. I mean, a show about people revealing their deepest, most life messing up secrets for money should shock you. It should make your jaw drop. Instead, they actually managed to make it boring as hell. Who wants to be a millionaire at least understood to have contestents move pretty quickly past the easy levels to get to the tension over the hard questions. If you have a dramatic pause after EVERY question AND response, it is no longer 'dramatic', it is just painfully slow.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:39 a.m. CST

    This just in

    by the podosphere

    Peter Chernin plows Jeff Zucker like Hugh Hefner initiating a new male underling, except Hef uses lube. <p> Jeff - the writers' strike really is the best thing for NBC. Honest.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST

    To be filed under....

    by Yeti

    Things that make me die inside & fear the future.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:51 a.m. CST

    still waiting for an answer to my logic question

    by BadMrWonka

    see above...someone please explain it to me...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:16 a.m. CST


    by hypnotron

    This site is so nearly not worth visiting at all...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Nope, nobody cares.

    by ATARI

    <br> <br>

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    You just know the 500k questions are horrible

    by happybunni

    They don't put people on these shows who don't have some massive things they've lied about, to their friends and family sitting there watching. The 500k questions must be freaking horrible, cheating and similar things. Brutal.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Remember, they only put horrible liars on the show. Otherwise th

    by happybunni

    They can't put good people with nothing horrible to hide, or the show is not entertaining in the slighest.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Good god, Xiphos, our teams SO suck...

    by Pennsy

    Can't deny that. PH was 45 minutes late for her gig, and there were almost a thousand people waiting to meet her. If you scrape the bottom of the barrel, The Moment of Truth would be the fungus that grows on it.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by Pennsy

    NEVER FORGET! ($1 to the guy who always said this in the Heroes talkbacks)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Friggin' writers' strike

    by BizarroJerry

    People watched this because nothing else was on!!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:17 a.m. CST

    "Reality TV"

    by BizarroJerry

    By today's definition, The Price Is Right should be considered reality TV. It's a goddamn game show!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Here's my premise for a new show...

    by BizarroJerry

    OK, it takes places in a circular arena type studio. The room is dark in some places, but dramatically lit up in other areas, while the stage and other features glow in blue or red. The stage in the middle either has a podium or a chair for the contestant. The host will either sit or stand by the podium. The guest will come out and be asked a few obvious questions about themselves, while the host -- maybe a mildly funny comedian type -- makes blandly funny comments met by chuckles from the audience. The contestant will then be asked questions one at a time. Instead of just answering the question, the contestant will spend minutes thinking aloud about what the answer is, and how their train of thought brings them to it. This answer will likely be debated with the host, who will reply, but offer no real help, only inane comments that will cause the contestant to second guess himself. After agonizing over the right answer for a long time, the answer will be given. Then, instead of just having a tone instantly reveal whether or not the answer is correct, the host will pause for a long time, causing artificial tension, before finally revealing the answer. Every single answer will be met with applause from the audience. Also, the host will constantly review the rules and premise of the game, giving a status report after every single question. After every second or third question, a completely unrelated conversation with the guest's wife/husband or girlfriend/boyfriend or other friends will begin. These conversations will have no bearing on the game and only take time away from the game. Thus, no more than several questions will be answered, often causing the show to be continued next week with the same contestant.<p> Now, quickly, how many different TV shows did my little tirade make you think of? Probably at least 5 or 6...

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Rock bottom

    by Neil Peart

    Ifr we haven't hit it yet, we're damned close. No, I didn't watch this show nor do I watch any other "reality" tv garbage, unless you count shows like 'MythBusters' or 'Survivorman'. When will the sick fascination with cheap manufactured voyeurism end? I have a rather high opinion of my fellow man and think that people are generally fairly smart, but the success of shows like this one make me want to re-think that opinion. Can we call for a boycott of this type of sludge tv? Please?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    I feel dumber already

    by Faust_8

    for even posting this

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Import British Shows like TOP GEAR

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    That is one entertaining show....

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Everyone watched but next week's ratings will be telling

    by Jack Burton

    Once was enough for me and everyone I talked to felt the same. The premise was fine. If you want to expose all your little secrets to the world and jeopardize your relationships more power to you. My problem was the interminable pauses and delays. It's a freaking game show, knock off the pretension. Plus I can't stand game shows that break one contestant's game between episodes. Either show it all or don't bother. Curiosity made me tune in, but even with the above short comings it's still an ugly show that deserves to die quickly.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    my show 'Cave Chase'

    by Kloipy

    set a bunch of people in an uncharted cave. Take away all light execept mini flashlights and helmet cameras, set tigers loose in cave and enjoy

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    It followed American Idol

    by Saluki

    Of COURSE the ratings were going to be high. Terminator would have had just as high ratings if it was next to American Idol, which isn't a show, it's a ratings juggernaut.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:34 a.m. CST

    I have no intention of watching this crap.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Besides the fact that due to the writer's strike someone pulled this piece of crap from their third point of contact, the show is flawed because polygraphs are flawed. They are not admissable in court. Check out to see how unreliable they are. In the state I live in to become a police officer you are required, among other things, to pass a polygraph. I have taken the test three times. I don't know if I passed it the first two (let me take that back I don't know if the machine said I passed the first two), but the third time I took it I was told I failed it. That tells me either the machine does not work, the person reading it was reading it wrong, or it was a combination of the two. If I had to take it again I would answer the questions the same because I told the truth. I was highly ranked among candidates, and would have gotten into the academy if I passed this test. As far as the show goes, the questions are flawed anyway. I refuse to watch it, but I've seen the commercials. One question was "do fat people disgust you." The question is too general. Define fat, define disgust. Are we talking morbidly obese, are we talking chubby. Are we talking Rosie O'Donnell, or are we talking Emme. Are we talking people who eat so much they can't get out of bed, or someone with 50 extra pounds. Maybe the guy who was asked may have a secret fetish for chubby girls, but hate people who are so fat they can't get out of bed. This show is garbage. I can't believe there were that many people watching it. What a sad state of affairs.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Lionsgate, Marvel Entertainment get WGA deals...

    by Pennsy

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:06 p.m. CST

    How to spot the phony shows

    by ArcadianDS

    This show is phony. Dont be surprised when we start seeing people on this show that were previously seen on Maury, Springer, and Tyra: we're going to watch a bunch of commercial spot actors whose agents found them another $145.95 day job where they dont have to point to their soapy scalp and say, "it tingles!!"<p> The phony is exposed when they ask a guy if he would ever cheat on his wife, or something like that - and while they dont show his response, they show his wife looking hurt and angry and promising that he's in for some major (legal?) trouble.<p> As if anybody would have that reaction. As if that guy wouldn't have just walked out of the set the moment that question was first asked prior to the show.<p> I'm guessing the reason this is a success is because every member of the Church of Scientology was watching, and taking notes - they love to know everyone's dirty laundry. It prevents anyone from speaking out against them.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Didn't watch it because I hate Prime-Time Gameshows

    by jim

    I see no entertainment value in watching someone trying to make a decision. Obviously editing the show and picking up the pace means more contestants which means more money to be paid out; so we won't be seeing that happen!<p>The cliffhanger endings are designed to get viewers to tune in next time to see what happens. But for me what happens is I don't go back because I don't really care enough one way or another if buddy wins or loses. And knowing that if I watch an episode I most likely won't see how it ends for the contestant, I figure there's no point in watching at all. So I don't. <p>If I want to watch a gameshow I'll watch Jeopardy. Questions answered as soon as they are asked (or should I say "questions asked as soon as they are answered"?), and at the end of every show you get to see who won. And if you enjoy continuity in your gameshows, the winner comes back the next day to try again.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by DarthFloyd

    I'm so (not) sorry I missed this (stupid) game show the other night. Maybe if I didn't have something more important to do (like rearranging my sock drawer), I might have watched with breathless (from repeated vomiting) anticipation after a riveting American Idol (missed that too, and really don't care).

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    This is why I watch so little TV.

    by ZeroCorpse

    And it's why half of what I watch is British. <p> I watch Weeds, LOST, Boston Legal, Doctor Who, Torchwood, and (for now) Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles. I used to watch Heroes, but damned if it hasn't pissed me off beyond caring anymore. <p> Oh, yeah, and I'll watch Battlestar Galactica if it's ever on television again, I guess. <p> This reality show shit, however, is the lowest fucking common denominator. How anybody can watch this and still feel like a human being afterward is beyond me. I saw the promo for it and felt like I needed a shower. <p> Fuck the WGA and their strike. It's a good time to read some more books and explore Internet entertainment.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    ZeroCorpse, BSG will have 2 specials on SciFi 3/28

    by Pennsy

    BSG: Revisted will recap the first 3 seasons of the series at 10PM EST. That'll be followed at 10:30PM by BSG: The Phenomenon. This one will center on the response of the fans and critics to the series.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:54 p.m. CST

    You should be electrocuted when you get the

    by skywalkerfamily

    answer wrong.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Hangman the show

    by Kloipy

    it's like wheel of fortune but if you answer one wrong question you get hung or shot in the face, doesn't really matter as long as people are murdered

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Anybody Who Watches This Is An Idiot.

    by christian66

    If you watched this with any enjoyment, you're soul is dying. Or gone. Suck up the tv shit, America!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST

    New game show "Would You Rather?"

    by Kloipy

    it's the show where contestants get to have to choose between 2 diffcult tasks! Each level ramps up the pressure (and the fun) for 10 dollars a challange! The first stage starts off fairly easy with, would you rather eat a worm or eat a grasshopper? Then things get exciting with challenges such as; Would you rather beat a puppy to death with a claw hammer, or have sex with your mother? The fun never ends!tune in next week for the horsemen of the apocolypse!

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:10 p.m. CST


    by the podosphere

    Have I mentioned lately what a douche you are for dissing the writers?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    I'd be wary here...

    by Pennsy

    One of these ideas just might become the next reality show. And then how will ya feel?? ;)

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Pennsy, I got one "Shoot the Network Exec"

    by Kloipy

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Not even Kristen Bell (as Elle) electrocuting those

    by Pennsy

    who gave the wrong answer would make me watch that brain-sucking show.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    And, if you want to read K-Bell's Best. Interview. Ever...

    by Pennsy

    Check out Comic Foundry's inaugural issue; I purchased a one-year subscription to it on the basis of their Q&A. If you're not a fan now (the heathens know who they are ;)), you will be after you cut and paste this in yer web browser:

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    American Idol does not rip off Stern

    by hst666

    Are you fucking serious??? I do not believe Howard even believes that seriously. Singing contests have been around forever, and regardless of what Howard may claim now, they weren't some hugely popular event on his show. I have absolutely no information, but I would bet money that British asshole never heard any similar bit on Howard before creating his reality dreck.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by BurgerKing

    When this is small screen GOOOOOLLLLDDDDDDD

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by ZeroCorpse

    Have I mentioned lately what douches the writers are for demanding Internet residuals, when every other creative contributor to television and film will get NO residuals, ever? <p> You can act indignant when you start fighting to give set designers, costume designers, make up artists, hair stylists, foley artists, and every other person who makes a show possible a piece of the Internet pie. Writers are NO MORE SPECIAL than these other creative people. Stephen Colbert can go on without writers but he sure as fuck wouldn't go on without make-up artists, sound designers, graphic artists, or costumers. You can call them 'technical' all you want; They're creative careers, all requiring as much or MORE skill than writing, and they are essential to anything on your screen. <p> I say this as a published writer and musician, member of ASCAP, and great fan of the written word. I have nothing against the writers getting residuals; I just think that in their quest for more money, they are pissing on everybody else who uses creative talents for film and television. <p> That's my opinion. Call me a douche if you want. That doesn't change the fact that writer's guild inflexibility has led to TV shows like MOMENT OF TRUTH.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Zerocorpse, I think you are wrong

    by jim

    The strike has nothing to do with Moment of Truth being on the air. Network execs were pandering to the lowest common denominator before the strike, and will long after it is resolved. Believe me, if it weren't for the strike, a decent show would have been cancelled in order to make room for this shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Real game shows

    by BizarroJerry

    The only game shows these days that are worth a damn are Jeopardy and Cash Cab... Jeopardy remains classy television. Also, Wheel of Fortune isn't all that intelligent, but it's not bad. Even Price Is Right is ok. These shows are actually games, they require some thinking, and they just get regular people on them. These new shows just find either regular obnoxious people who'll put on a show, or wannabe actors and comedians. Either that or they're completely fake. "What is an endless stream of stupid fucking shows, Alex?"

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Wow. Any name will do for that second contestant...

    by Biggie Kaiju

    Jagoff, jerkoff, douchebag, assclown, asshat, asshole, dickface, dickwad, dickhead, chode, chud, fuckwit, fucktard, ballbag, etc. Goddamn that goofy fuck was such a raging... oh.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Lie Detectors are infamously unreliable

    by password.swordfish

    Why do you think results are inadmissible in court? Cause about 50% of the time, the thing will say you're lying when you're telling the truth. Not to say they aren't valuable, as it's really hard to convince it you're telling the truth when you're lying. Seriously though, people who go on this show are the scummiest of the scummy cause they're willing to risk their marriages, families and job to maybe catch a payday (that's relatively unremarkable). The worship of the buck goes on, execs get richer, and everyone else takes it in the ass. Oh and jones1899, I NEVER want Deal or no Deal or this, especially if something like the Wire or Deadwood is on. Never. I'll read a fucking book - turns out my TV actually turns off.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by rockness

    i agree everyone else should be entitled to a piece of that pie, however, the entire game is rigged so how can I fault anyone for trying to get a bigger piece of the pie. That fear, that whole everyone against everyone mentality, is the glue that keeps the current studio system in place. They've been spinning any potential strike from ANYONE that way for decades. So everyone should just shut up and suffer?

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    COULD YOU POSSIBLY LOSE ON THIS SHOW?????? For fucking that money I would tell the truth of my deepest darkest secrets. To bad this shit came off so rigged and horrible.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Bizarro Jerry is right:

    by Rev. Slappy

    Most of the people on so-called reality shows are actors. The shows aren't scripted and the premise is generally on the level, but everybody is coached on how to behave. In other words, everybody is coached to behave like a douche bag.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    TV: Weapon of Mass Distraction.

    by snakecharmer

    The vast majority of people in this world will pass their lives from 'new cool thing' to next 'cool thing'. The masses do require control. Workers bees are needed to fill the Treasury. The money is needed so the real leaders of the world can move the pawns to re-order the world. Good reality tv? Yes. The First 48 is interesting.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:22 p.m. CST




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  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Hey Thornballs...

    by MJohnson

    Just because I'm an elitist prick doesn't mean I'm WRONG. This show blows. Any American who likes it blows. Television blows. Cable companies and Satellite Television companies blow. YOU blow. And I'm RIGHT.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Chuck Barris' Dick

    by slayers bitch

    Chuck Barris does not have a "fat white dick". It's brown and wrinkled from too many years of nude sunbathing. And kinda skinny but I'm a size queen so what do I know........

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by the podosphere

    Look me up with that line of schisse when all the movies at your gigaplex are "reality" based. American Idol: The Movie. Oh yeah we had that. From Justin to Kelly. NOBODY went. But even THAT was scripted. And BTW your vaunted so-called "reality" shows are scripted too! The network douchebags are just skirting the WGA by calling these overworked, underpaid and unprotected creative professionals "segment producers". That horseshit is also directed and, in point of fact, ACTED. The "contestants" and their families or whatever know how they're supposed to behave for the camera. And the director knows what s/he's going to get, because these people were AUDITIONED, even if they call it testing or screening or whatever the fuck. <p> In point of fact, the BTL unions benefit from the ATL contracts because it sets the bar for producer contributions to their pension funds, leaving them free to haggle for other stuff at their bargaining table. <p> And there is a HUGE difference between the contributions made by writers, actors, and directors, and everyone else, including all those self-satisfied producers. You can Dogma 95 it and get away with not having practically everyone else, but good frakking luck making something without the writers, actors, and directors.

  • Jan. 25, 2008, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by the podosphere

    I actually agree with you. I've been blogging on the subject and writing comments, here and a few other places.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Instead of supporting this shit...

    by hypnotron

    boycott it and support the writers so we get some decent creative shows, you shill.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    This just means

    by jamin686

    That when people watch something, a lot of people just leave their TVs on in the background or whatever. If Terminator followed AI, I'm sure it would've done well also.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Clemens on this show

    by CaptainGilgore

    Apparently the producers of this show have offered Roger Clemens 500,000 if he comes on the show and answers if he took steroids truthfully. You can say what you wish, but that's fucking great marketing by these people, even though he'll never do it cause he's a liar. And for the people complaining about actors. Actors have had a network that feeds them game show auditions for decades. It works both ways cause the game show gets a contestant that's animated and comfortable in front of the camera. And the actor gets a little cash. And when you think about it, the actor really isn't an actor anyway. If he was a real actor, he wouldn't have to resort to doing a gameshow.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Spank the Monkey

    by MonkeyManReturns

    We get contestants...they have to spank a monkey.... The winner is the one who spanks the monkey the fastest. FOX...this is a know it is...sign me up baby, and I'll let you into my other game show ideas: Choke the Chicken, Drain the Lizard, and my personal favorite, Don't Let The Terrorists Win.

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    "Have you actually murdered someone for money?"

    by MrMysteryGuest

    I'll bet ya that's gonna be a question on MOMENT OF TRUTH!

  • Jan. 26, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Lie Detectors are accurate 42% of the time...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...according to the Supreme Court. A coin toss, on average, is 8% more reliable. A polygraph is simply a machine that registers heart rate, breathing and persperation. An extremely pointed or shocking question or an accusation could actually make you fail! That is why they have no use in criminal cases. Only an idiot would think that they truly show deception (or honesty, for that matter). Remember: Every spy that ever lived had to pass a lie detector test in order to keep on spying. ;-)

  • Jan. 28, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    where's the Jack Bauer Power Hour??

    by purplepurple

    I will not watch this shit. What I want is a deal to be signed and to have my Bauer/Soulpatch combo back NOW! Now I just have to get the rest of America to boycot as well...