ON "PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?," TUESDAY, JULY 27
What would you do if you saw a would-be child bride trying to escape from a polygamist family? Will anyone stop a group of teens, out for thrills, attacking a Latino man? How far would you go for fame and fortune� would you give a fake testimonial on camera? 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, JULY 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., PT) on ABC. (OAD: 3/17/09)
This series shows what people actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday's scenarios include:
· POLYGAMY: At a restaurant just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, a man in his 60s and his three wives are celebrating his impending marriage to a 15-year-old girl, who is visibly upset about becoming wife #4 against her will. How will fellow diners react to a reluctant child bride in need of help? This restaurant is just a few hours away from two of the largest strongholds of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, the breakaway sect of the Mormon Church that still practices polygamy.
Elissa Wall - who at the age of 14 was forced into marriage with a man she despised, but who managed to escape and whose testimony helped to put the sect's leader, Warren Jeffs, behind bars - joins the "What Would You Do?" team to talk to the patrons about their reactions.
· LATINO BASHING: Straight from the headlines of men being attacked because they are Latino, Qui�ones asks, "What Would You Do" if you witnessed a hate crime? A group of teens, out for thrills, verbally and physically attack a man just because he is Hispanic. Will people passing by step up to help the man, or continue on their way?
· INFOMERCIALS: Many infomercials are true, but what about some of those "real people" you see whose lives have been "magically transformed" - are they always telling the truth? How many people would make outrageous claims about a product they have never used or that they know doesn't work, and even may cause harm - just because they were offered money and a chance to be on television?
"What Would You Do?" 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 Columbia Journalism Review has called the program "a Candid Camera of Ethics.
David Sloan and Chris Whipple are the executive producers and Danielle Baum is the senior producer of "Primetime: What Would You Do?"