Norwegians resisting call of ‘Temptation’

Only six applications have been received for reality show

COPENHAGEN — Controversial U.S. reality show “Temptation Island,” which allegedly cost TVNorge managing director Pal Traelvik his job after he refused to program it, isn’t tempting Norwegians.

Ten days after advertising for participants, the SBS Broadcasting-controlled commercial station reportedly has received just six applications from single people who want to take part in the show, which would put four couples on a remote island with attractive singles to see if they would stray.

Action, however, is still an attraction. Commercial broadcaster TV3 received 6,500 letters from wannabe explorers for “Expedition Robinson,” and TVNorge registered more than 5,000 calls from viewers who would like to go “71 Degrees North.” Developed by Nordisk Film Norway, and heading for Warner Bros. in the U.S. as well as six European countries, the latter show will send 12 adventurers on a 1,550-mile survival trip across Norway’s harsh terrain.

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