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BOOT CAMP Premieres!! Talk Back!!

I am – Hercules!!

The first season of “Temptation Island” is but a wistful memory, but Fox has installed a new reality series called “Boot Camp” in the old “Temptation” timeslot (9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning tonight) to tide us over until “Temptation II” premieres!

The new show is just like “Temptation Island,” except instead of being stranded in a tropical paradise with 16 fabulous bikini-clad young women, you have angry military personnel screaming at you day and night.

Wait, this isn’t like “Temptation Island” at all!!

Here’s TV Guide to explain:

Eight men and eight women compete for a $500,000 cash prize as they train and perform missions under the command of four real-life drill instructors in an eight-episode game of elimination. “Every second of their day is regimented,” says co-executive producer Eric Schotz, “even free time.” Each show begins with the election of a squad leader to assign tasks and lead the missions. Success gives the leader amnesty, failure makes the leader fair game in the voting out of one recruit - who then chooses another to leave. “It's about how well you perform to your ability,” says Schotz. The opener introduces the players, who begin the game in true military style - by visiting the barber.

Meet the contestants and learn more about the series at the Boot Camp Website!

No, I have NOT yet seen tonight’s premiere of “Boot Camp.”

Yes, I HAVE seen tonight’s premiere of the ABC Damon Wayans vehicle “My Wife and Kids.” It’s an underwhelming “Cosby Show” clone sans sharp writing and attractive teen daughters. (But while Wayans possesses perhaps 2 percent of Dr. Cosby’s comic acumen, Tisha Campbell-Martin, who plays Wayans’ wife, is perhaps 850 percent cuter than Phylicia Ayers Allen Rashad.) Be not surprised if ABC decides not to keep it around all the way through sweeps.



The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

**** better than most motion pictures

*** actually worth your valuable time

** as horrible as most stuff on TV

* makes you quietly pray for bulletins

Leonard, if Hartman finds us here, we'll be in a world of shit.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • March 28, 2001, 12:35 a.m. CST



    "Private Pyle! I'm gonna give you three seconds, exactly three fucking secongs to wipe that stupid looking grin off your face or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull fuck you!"

  • March 28, 2001, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Balloon Animals!

    by Cap'n Slapnutz

    Long as they keep eating balloon animals, Cap'n will be a happy happy man! -cap'n-

  • March 28, 2001, 5:34 a.m. CST

    God, how "Boot Camp" makes me laugh...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    My secret desire is to pull a Taheed / Ytossie fake-out and somehow get on the show without revealing military experience...I would laugh and laugh and laugh...DON'T EYEBALL ME!! NO ONE SAID SMILE!! Good old days...(sniff)

  • March 28, 2001, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Who does this show appeal to?

    by majorq007

    Unlike TI, BC doesn't seem to have the sex factor that made TI so successful in the ratings. Who does fox think will tune in each week to watch people get screamed at? It don't, I just think a lot of people who watched TI probably won't bother to return to BC after the opening tonight.

  • March 28, 2001, 5:54 a.m. CST

    "To whom" not "Who" apologies.

    by majorq007


  • March 28, 2001, 7:08 a.m. CST

    bring back the nekkid people

    by DidoFan

    Exactly, Majorq007. Why would anyone care about these people who willingly signed up for this abuse? At least on Temptation Island they were having fun, even as they struggled through the guilt. (Fox majorly screwed with us when it came time for the finale-did anyone else notice that the commercial clip of Shannen "I've fallen for someone else" was nowhere in the actual episode?) Until TI 2 starts, I'll be saving my vcr the trouble and watching West Wing.

  • March 28, 2001, 10 a.m. CST

    I liked this show better the first time, when it was called a ba

    by INWOsuxRED

    Every crappy talk show has already done this bootcamp thing. Temptation Island is like watching porn with all the sex and nudity edited out. Whats the point?

  • March 28, 2001, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I'll be watching just for the balloon guy

    by waynehead

    What kind of a moron would go on a show like this with that kinda background? I hope he chokes on a balloon.

  • March 28, 2001, 11:35 a.m. CST


    by ziranova

    I'm going to watch this show because I love Full Metal Jacket and I love seeing media whores being humiliated.

  • March 28, 2001, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Sure y'all are of the rightful opinion R. Lee Ermey's a bad-ass,

    by Pallando Blue

    Pulled these bits off of IMDB's FMJ trivia page: "Former US Marines Drill Instructor R. Lee Ermey was hired as a consultant on how to drill USMC style. He performed a demonstration on videotape in which he yelled obscene insults and abuse non-stop for fifteen minutes without stopping, repeating himself, or even flinching - despite being continuously pelted with tennis balls and oranges. Director Stanley Kubrick was so impressed that he cast Ermey as Sgt. Hartmann." [Holy crap! That videotape still exists SOMEWHERE and I want a COPY!!] "Ermey was involved in a jeep accident during the making of the movie. At 1am he skidded off the road, breaking all of his ribs on one side. He refused to pass out, and kept flashing his car lights until a motorist stopped. In some scenes, he does not move one of his arms at all." NOW go back and watch FMJ, and be intimidated all over again. If you're just chuckling at the colorful language, Ermey's gonna pop you one in the gut like Pyle! WIPE THAT GODDAMN SMILE OFF YOUR FACE

  • March 28, 2001, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by movieman611


  • March 28, 2001, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Boot Camp is for Pussies

    by Musashi74

    We all know the REAL shit is Survivor: Monster Island

  • March 28, 2001, 3:15 p.m. CST

    What's Sad

    by Stak

    The sad thing here is that no matter how many people are sick of this kind of crap TV There is another number of people who will eat it up, and therefore they're going to keep putting these shows out. Look at how many seasons "The Real World" and "Road Rules" have run? And they're STILL doing things with those people. I'll admit to liking the first season of "Real World" it was new and different. Ever since then things have only gone downhill for so called "reality" shows. "Survivor" might have been a recent high point for the genre. I don't really know I didn't bother watching it. For now the basic concepts for these shows is rather intriguing. But it will only get worse. The more people watch this stuff the more of it we're going to have until ALL there is on TV is seven nights of "Who wants to be a millionaire" with seven nights of seven different Survivor groups sprinkled in between. Come on people, lets shut our TV's off, and give them something to think about. If only something like a total T.V. boycott could actually happen..... Maybe it would be worth watching again.

  • March 28, 2001, 4:57 p.m. CST

    War games on TBS will be wayyy better

    by Dirty_Bird

    and by the way, MILLIONS of young americans go through this each year, just to be part of the USMC, how come THEY don't get half a million dollars?

  • March 28, 2001, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by superman5150

    This was NOTHING like real boot camp. Hell, it wasn't even movie stlye boot camp. This shit was like some middle schools field day. Tantrums and all. This is a horrible show...that I'll watch till the end. Damn you FOX!

  • March 28, 2001, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Lil Vibin'Rabbit

    And I mean you TalkBackers! Your opinions on this new show are cynical and lame! I thought it was a pretty interesting show with an interesting concept: people who wanted to see if they can make it military-style for $bucks$! There are people in this show who wanted to see if they can really push it themselves (like this Haar woman who really made a 1.5 miles jog despite her age and health physical-wise). The whole point of this: can you make it?! Can you hack it?! Can you do it?! Proof it to yourself and the tv audience! It can certainly reflect your characters and your personality and it tell people a lot about you. The only downside I don't like about this show, as in all other Survivor-like or TI-like series, is competing for quick bucks. It's simply wrong to send a message that money is the ultimate be-all, end-all solution. I would rather see this group of people pull it together as a team and get the whole share of money rather than narrowing down to one individual. Greed not only make people bad or worse, it just make them stupid. Go, Boot Camp! And BY THE WAY, TALK-BACKERS, CLEAN UP THIS PUKE I JUST THREW UP ON THE FLOOR! USE THE FRIGGIN' TOOTHBRUSH! :)

  • March 28, 2001, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Just wonderin'. . .

    by Hardyboy

    If something is a reality show, how can it also be a game show; and if it's a game show, how much of it can be considered real? And isn't it ironic that someone who doesn't consider him/herself a talk-backer uses a talk-back forum to rant about the silliness of talking back?

  • March 29, 2001, 7 a.m. CST

    Road rules vs real world

    by Geekgrrl

    They shouldn't limit it to just one person, although the idea that whoever is voted out can take someone else with them is pretty fun. Let's go back to the begining of this crazy fad... All this boils down to Road Rules vs Real World. I always found Road Rules much more interesting, because they were doing something and trying to accomplish a group goal. Real World was all about bickering and backbiting. Not nearly as fun for me to watch. Survivor is kind of a hybrid between the two, but too much of the bickering and backbiting for me to enjoy it. I'd like to see another show where they try to meet the challenge - just to meet the challenge, not to have one survivor and eliminate everyone else. I agree.

  • March 29, 2001, 10:42 a.m. CST

    What a total Survivor rip-off!

    by Kikstad

    From the opening credits to the final "Dismissal Mountain" or whatever they called it, this was such a blatant rip-off of Survivor. I'm surprised Mark Burnett doesn't sue.

  • March 29, 2001, 10:48 a.m. CST

    'Atsa Spicy Meat-aball!

    by JohnnyLemonhead

    You know what reality show I would pay to see? 10 normal, average people, put together for 2 months in a house. They'll be given food and things required for sustaining life, but aside from that, they get nothing... Except a videocamera and a contract from an adult film company for $500,000 if they can produce 1 original 1 hour pr0n video per day... Although, now that I think about it, I'd also like to see a reality show with Death Row inmates trying to win back their freedom by living with a group of Amish and/or Jehovah's Witnesses for a month or so...

  • March 29, 2001, 11:29 a.m. CST

    JohnnyLemonhead. . .

    by Hardyboy

    What a revoltin' idea! Porn stars become "stars" because people WANT to see them nekkid and gettin' it on. . .I wouldn't want to see a show like that for the same reason I'd never go to a nudist colony--most "average" people don't look that hot sans clothing, and they certainly wouldn't look hot doing what one usually does without clothes. . .

  • March 30, 2001, 10:05 p.m. CST

    If you think we're crazy

    by El Cid

    You should see the stuff that gets on TV in the land of the rising sun. This one show, a guy is put in a one room apartment with absolutely nothing, is stripped naked and is forced to gain clothes, food, toilet paper, ect. by WRITING AWAY FOR CONTESTS! To get food, he has to write a postcard and send it to a supermarket to win a contest that regular everyday people are entering. That one plus the one where a Taiwanese guy and a Japanese guy are dropped off in South Africa with no money and are told to hitchhike to Scandanavia.