ABC wants to change your life, while Fox is looking to break up your marriage.
The Alphabet web has snagged the rights to “Private Property,” a reality format in which viewers are allowed to dictate changes to other peoples’ lives.
Contestants who sign up for the series will allow their daily activities and interactions with other people to be taped for broadcast. A three-person panel will discuss different ways players could change their lives, suggesting several options for possible changes. Viewers will vote by phone or Internet on which changes the players should make.
“This show is the first truly interactive real-life drama, with the public choosing the direction of the storyline,” said Andrea Wong, senior VP of alternative series and specs for ABC.
Meanwhile, Fox is moving forward with “I Want a Divorce,” a two-hour spec in which couples who’ve recently filed for divorce bring their grievances to a national audience in exchange for a chance at cash and prizes. Spec is being targeted for either November or February sweeps.
“Public Property,” from Simon Goodman and Jerry Glover of GAG Prods., will be produced in the United States in association with NEXT Entertainment. Pearson Television will produce and distribute versions of the program in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Deal for “Public Property” was packaged by WMA.