It was bound to happen.
October 30, 2001 8:29 PM   Subscribe

It was bound to happen. "The NBC TV network is looking to revive the old fantasy TV series FANTASY ISLAND -- as a reality series."
posted by donkeyschlong (11 comments total)
Look boss... de... oh I'm not going to do it.
posted by geoff. at 8:36 PM on October 30, 2001

de foolish marketing ploy! de foolish marketing ploy!
posted by j.edwards at 8:57 PM on October 30, 2001

are they going to be using a midget?

::pulls out customized resume and cover letter::

i've been waiting for this... awwwww, yeaaahh.. two hundred forty dollars worth of......
posted by lotsofno at 9:37 PM on October 30, 2001

First off, I'd like to say the number of 'Fantasy Island' fan sites is absolutely frightening. Fortunately, the plot details of the old classic show seems to be lost to the ages. I was, however, able to find story synopses for the mercifully short-lived remake.

Admittedly, age has dulled my imagination, fantasy-wise: no matter where I start to imagine, it always ends up with a rotating 24 hour buffet of buff nymphomaniac bunnies, an mild IV drip of recreational drugs, and an open bar. I guess someone else will have to save the universe from the evil empire. That being said, there's a pretty thin sliver of bandwith between my current (and yours - admit it) self-indulgent fantasies and the budget-busting immersive extravaganzas of my youth. Considering the very concept of 'Fantasy' usually involves the unattainable, what the heck can these people provide on a shoestring budget?

"Welcome my friends; Welcome to Fantasy Island! Mister Johnson, welcome... your fantasy was to be a super secret agent: we had $15,000.00 budgeted for your fantasy, so here - hold this. This frisbee has a secret microchip on it - you have to drop it off in the hut on the other side of the island. We've hired five thugs to shoot at you with paint guns and beat the living poo out of you; here they come - you'd better get going..."

"Miss Landros, welcome. You wanted a sensual weekend date with Will Smith. Unfortunately, he was not available within our budgetary constraints, but we were able to acquire Jaleel White - you knew him as 'Family Matters' Steven Urkel. Enjoy your weekend..."

Somehow, fantasy on a shoestring budget is about as appealing as a fifteen dollar leopard-print negligee in the jungle room of the 'Inn of the Dove'.
posted by Perigee at 9:56 PM on October 30, 2001

I'm still P.O.'d that they put some Johnny Lydon look-alike in as Mr. Rourke in the Fantasy Island Redux thing ABC did a few years back. Couldn't see him selling cars with Genuine Corinthian Leather, and pulling it off, or trying to kill the Queen (if he'd been in the Johnny Rotten pose, maybe so, but otherwise no). And no Tattoo. What a travesty.
posted by raysmj at 10:54 PM on October 30, 2001

Perigee raises a good point. The nets traditionally program reality fare because it is cheap. So any fantasies the contestants may desire will surely be of the "V.I.P walk-on and a hand-job from Dustin Nguyen" variety. Lame.
posted by donkeyschlong at 11:11 PM on October 30, 2001

i don't know... howard stern fulfills a lot of fantasies for his listeners by having really really pathetic fantasizers. you can make stuff happen pretty easily if the stuff is like "i want a trashy porn star to go to the prom with me" and you are howard stern. trashy porn stars will do anything for howard, even sleep with the winners of his "who's the biggest loser" contests.
posted by palegirl at 11:24 PM on October 30, 2001

some Johnny Lydon look-alike

Uh, that was Malcolm MacDowell. The show itself was questionable, but MacDowell's hammy and great in everything.
posted by toddshot at 11:33 PM on October 30, 2001

MacDowell's hammy and great in everything.

'Tis true. Seeing him opposite Bill Shatner in Star Trek: Generations was hog heaven of a sort -- veritably a plug for the National Pork Board. Speaking of Shatner....
posted by donkeyschlong at 12:01 AM on October 31, 2001

I can't wait! I wanna be Daisy Duke for a day! (oh, crap, did I just write that?)
posted by Ty Webb at 8:58 AM on October 31, 2001

There are people who don't know who Malcolm McDowell is?

I feel old ...
posted by dhartung at 1:29 PM on October 31, 2001

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