Tours de Farce: Survival Of The Fittest
Tourvivor features seven contestants stranded on a desert island. Along with surviving sunburn, rats, leeches, record company reps and other assorted perils, the contestants must build an amphitheatre, establish a ticket outlet network, negotiate concession fees and fill their summer concert calendar by booking acts like Jackson Browne, The Girls Room and
“This is humanity at its most primal,” explains Whipsnade, during a press luncheon at Hollywood’s trendiest eatery, The Backstage Laminate. “For the next three months the contestants must survive dangers like sharks, KISS and corporate sponsorships, all for the chance to win a million dollars.”
It only took one episode for American television viewers to fall in love with the seven stranded castaways, and while there isn’t a “Gilligan” in the bunch, the hardy crew have already elected a skipper to guide them through the treacherous waters of venue construction, management and making offers for The Damage Manual and The Allman Brothers Band. He is retired roadie Ian “The Professor” MacTavish.
“I’ll be showing them how to tune guitars, suck the poison out of jellyfish stings, sell seats not listed on the charts to ticket brokers and cook bat-head stew,” says the silver-haired MacTavish. Bat-head stew? “It’s a little dish I learned when I worked for Ozzy,” replies MacTavish.”
If the 1.5 billion households that tuned in for the first episode are any indication, Tourvivor may not only be this year’s big TV success story, but may also be the perfect lead-in for another Pox show scheduled to debut towards the end of summer. Big Promoter will feature five people locked in a house, along with 721 hidden cameras while fifty promoters attempt to bully the occupants into buying Diana Ross & The Supremes tickets. “We’re combining that classic Motown sound with music, voyeurism, and third world police interrogation practices,” says Whipsnade. “It will truly be the next great all-American show. Only on Pox, of course.”