"PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" ON TUESDAY, MARCH 4 AT 10PM
When People See a Situation that Cries Out for Action, Do They Step in, Back Away or Just Walk on by?
What would you do if you saw a gang beating up on a homeless person? What if you and your husband were at a romantic dinner and the waitress was openly flirting with your spouse? Using hidden cameras, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Qui�ones reports on their split-second � and often surprising � decision-making process on "Primetime: What Would You Do?" airing TUESDAY, MARCH 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Often people speculate on how they might act in a difficult situation, but this series looks at how they actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday's scenarios include:
� Homeless Attacks: "Bum bashing" is an alarming trend, where teens around the country attack homeless victims for sport. Last year more than 140 homeless were violently attacked nationwide and, in most cases, no one is around when it happens. But what if people were? "Primetime" creates an example of this shocking phenomenon in a New Jersey town to find out.
� Handicapped Parking: When a woman barges into a handicapped parking space and refuses to move -- even when a handicapped person asks for a spot� will people do anything?
� Stranger Flirtation: Imagine a couple out for a romantic dinner at a cozy restaurant. Everything seems lovely until the attractive waiter or waitress begins to openly hit on your spouse. How will six significant others react?
� Embarrassing Moments: When someone has spinach in their teeth, toilet paper on their shoes, or an unbuttoned blouse.... will anyone tell them and save them from even more embarrassment?
This week's interactive "What Would You Do" scenario looks at how viewers would handle an office situation where he or she suspects special treatment of a junior staffer. The junior staffer is doing a bad job, but a rumor is circulating that she is having an affair with the boss. The segment incorporates viewers' video reactions that they submitted at http://ugv.abcnews.go.com/player.aspx?id=2786836 and includes expert analysis on how to handle this scenario.
According to a recent Columbia Journalism Review essay, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" is "the flip side of reality TV� rather than show how people act in manufactured situations when they know they are being watched, they show us how people act when they don't." The series has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival and the Avon Foundation's 2006 Voice of Change award for exposing "injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream." The foundation called the program "an important work of journalism that illustrates the unwillingness of many people to become involved or speak out against domestic violence."
David Sloan is the executive producer of "Primetime: What Would You Do?"