No lie: Fox has ordered seven episodes of the fact-finding gamer “Nothing But the Truth.”
Show takes contestants, straps them to a lie detector and asks them 21 intensely personal questions — all while their family members and friends are watching.
“Truth,” which has already become a ratings sensation in Colombia, will head into production immediately for a potential fall bow.
“The minute I saw the presentation, I bought it,” said Fox alternative entertainment prexy Mike Darnell. “It’s a combination of this edgy, at times scary moment where people are admitting things that you’d never normally admit. But they’re doing it for money.”
Lighthearted Entertainment’s Howard Schultz created the format and serves as exec producer. “Nothing but the Truth” has already been sold to more than 20 territories.
NBC originally shot a presentation for “Truth” earlier this year but ultimately passed. Schultz then brought the show to Fox.
In “Truth,” questions start out soft but eventually become more uncomfortable (“Do you love one child more than another?”) and then potentially devastating (“Have you ever cheated on your wife?”). Cameras catch the reaction of the player’s loved ones as his or her answers shock or embarrass.
Contestants are told they can walk away at any time, and they will sometimes be given a topic (such as “infidelity”) before deciding whether to leave.
Lie detectors are nothing new to reality TV (NBC’s “Meet My Folks” used one, and so does MTV’s “Exposed”), but Darnell said he was impressed by the use of one in a gameshow setting, “with these kinds of life-changing questions.”
“It’s going to be controversial,” said Darnell, who called the format “simple but diabolical.” “I think it could be the next big thing.”