WTF? NBC Goes "Terrorist" Hunting

If I were to write one of those deep, post-modern satires illustrating the commodification of reality in our degenerate, hollow culture, it would go like this: ratings-hungry, unscrupulous TV execs pick up shady reality show that sends a former Navy Seal, Green Beret and reporter around the world to hunt “alleged terrorists". The cartoonishly rugged trio rides around in helicopters; they make dramatic pronouncements, such as “This is not just a show to me ... this is a mission.” Poorly sketched out, foreign-sounding people say threatening things. A group of blonde kids makes an appearance, symbolizing just what’s at stake. Often, the three heroes approach the camera in slow-motion. Electric guitar plays, underscoring their general bad-assness and rightness of cause.

Except that now I can’t, because it’s happening in real life. On July 20th, NBC (no, not Fox, NBC) is airing the first episode of "the Wanted", and I just basically described the premise and trailer of the show.

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