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Josh Duhamel, James Franco Turn Death Into Entertainment in ‘The Show’ Trailer

In The Show, a thriller directed by Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame), Josh Duhamel plays Adam Rogers, a reality show host who finds himself in an unusual situation.

Rogers is a Chris Harrison-like figure who hosts a dating show that ends in an attempted murder, wherein the runner-up tries to shoot and kill the winner.

As a result of Rogers’ quick thinking, he is heralded as a “national hero” (here, James Franco plays an excitable morning show host who heaps praise on Rogers), and his network drums up a new, macabre idea for a reality show: What if there was a reality competition wherein people would kill themselves in front of a live studio audience?

“From a legal standpoint, neither the network nor the producers can be held liable,” one executive says during a boardroom meeting in the recently released trailer, exclusive to Entertainment Tonight. Adds another executive, played by X-Men alum Famke Janssen, “So theoretically, if we had a show on air where people were committing suicide, it wouldn’t be breaking the law.”

The Show is not the first movie to imagine a reality series in which contestants win prizes for killing themselves, or each other. The 2001 dark comedy Series 7: The Contenders, posited a hypothetical American reality show called The Contenders, in which six people picked at random would each be given a pistol and forced to hunt and kill each other for the cameras.

And in 1987 sci-fi film The

Article source: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/the-show-trailer-with-josh-duhamel-death-is-entertainment-w497279

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