That’s my typical reaction when I see that a Western New Yorker is involved in a reality series.
OK, to be honest, my reaction can be a little bit more provocative than that.
This leads me to address MTV’s announcement that it will premiere “Stranded With a Million Dollars,” “a provocative new survival series,” at 10 p.m. Feb. 21.
The cable network also called the 10-episode “Stranded” “a thought-provoking new survivalist series, which will force a group of young adventurers to literally answer the question, ‘How much would you pay to survive?’”
So I looked down at the cast list and discovered there is one member named, Alonzo, who is from 23 and from Buffalo. His Instagram contact is iamluckyvalentine.
Seeing Alonzo on the cast list provoked me to think that I might give a million dollars to avoid watching it if I had that much money.
MTV informed me that Alonzo's last name is Gordon and sent along a short biography:
"Buffalo-based Alonzo is an unconventional mama’s boy. Throughout his life, he watched his mom struggle to keep their family together -- and the clan endured bouts of homelessness. This experience created a strong devotion and admiration for his mother and made him into a true survivor. Alonzo is extremely determined and plans to put his heart and soul into this game. Will his tough past give him the necessary strength to bring home the cash?"
Here is how MTV describes “Stranded,” which seems an awful lot like “Survivor,” with a financial twist. “The series drops 10 adventurers on an island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and $1 million in cash. Those who survive for 40 days filled with gut-wrenching journeys and demanding physical challenges will split the money as their prize.
The catch? They can buy all of the survival supplies and creature comforts they desire, but everything is crazy expensive (think $30K for a tent), all decisions to make a purchase require a group majority and the cost comes out of their shared prize money.
“The participants are free to leave the island at any point by shooting a flare gun indicating they’re ready to throw in the towel and leave their pride and accumulated cash behind.
Friends and foes are forced to work together in an intense group dynamic that tests psychological limits, pushes personalities to the brink and leaves everyone wondering who, if anyone, will make it to the end in this genre-busting series that would leave Katniss Everdeen breathless and the ‘Lord of the Flies' boys running for the hills.
“Adding a modern spin to the survival show construct, ‘Stranded with a Million Dollars,’ relies on retrofitted drone cameras and robo-cam technology for principle photography. The unique fly-on-the wall result provides a rarely seen perspective for viewers, while truly adding a layer of isolation for the survivors as they fight brutal conditions … and each other.”