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Outback Jack
« on: June 09, 2004, 05:11:21 PM »
Outback Jack - Premieres June 22
What would you give up for true love? Your home? Your friends? Your Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals? In Outback Jack, a dozen primped and pampered women are forced to leave behind their designer fashions and luxurious lifestyles to compete for the man of their dreams. They'll battle the environment, the wildlife, and even each other in a quest to win the heart of Outback Jack.

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Re: Outback Jack
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004, 04:18:53 PM »
Outback Jack (Tues.
By Deborah Holmes

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Look out, kangaroos and koalas! The lush, vast Australian outback is now home to 12 "quintessential" modern American women, as in quintessentially spoiled, pampered and clueless. Individually and together, they pursue one aspiring Australian hunk to create a new reality show that is nearly unwatchable.

"Outback Jack" has all the elements of what has become the typical dating reality show, right down to the token black contestant. Over the course of the series, the 12 women vying for their 15 minutes of fame and/or happiness with the outdoorsman stranger, repeatedly perform mindless exercises to prove their love for "Jack" (whose real name is Vadim Dale), including skydiving while decked out in prom dresses and heels.

This is reality? (Digression: When are we going to see a series in which a woman has 12 guys competing for her affection in a triathlon of cycling, swimming and sprinting? Never, as long as the premise of much of reality TV is that men want to look at all the crazy things spiked-heel-wearing, half-dressed women will do for them.)

Other observations: This program seems even more scripted than others. Also, group encounters with snakes and other vermin seem trite and feel cumbersome. The sole redeeming quality is the spectacular Australian landscape. Although produced by reality specialist Bruce Nash, it is doubtful that "Outback Jack" is destined to be a guilty summertime pleasure.

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Re: Outback Jack
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004, 04:29:55 PM »
Good Article~

TBS' 'Outback Jack' reality dating comedy begins with a leap... and later adds a twist

 By Steve Rogers, 06/22/2004

TBS has released some additional details regarding its new "comedic" Outback Jack reality dating show, including information on the show's setup and beginning as well as photos and biographical information about the twelve women appearing on the program and the revelation that midway through its broadcast, the show will feature a Average Joe-like twist.

Outback Jack premieres tonight, June 22 at 9PM ET/PT on TBS.

As mentioned previously, Outback Jack will feature twelve American women as they compete for the love of an Australian named Vadim Dale. The women, who were selected from casting calls which advertised that the producers were looking for "beautiful, adventurous, single women" seeking to "be sexy leading ladies" in series that was looking to "combine the search for love with fantastic adventure," will, unbeknownst to the contestants, take place in the Australian Outback, where the women must rough it alongside Vadim.

However even after agreeing to participate in the show and departing their hometowns for the filming, the women still had no idea exactly how much "adventure" they'd be encountering -- and that they'd actually be traveling to Australia and living in the Outback.

In interview with The Courier-Journal, 21-year-old Outback Jack contestant Natalie Franzman explained to the paper that the women were flown to Los Angeles and driven to a nearby mansion, where they expected, similarly to other dating shows such as The Bachelor and Outback Jack producer Bruce Nash's own For Love Or Money series, to meet Dale and film the program. And while all the women were required to have a valid passport, that apparently also failed to raise suspicion among the contestants, with Natalie explaining that she just assumed the passport to be required for some excursions to nearby Mexico.

Instead, upon arriving at the mansion the women were told "Your man's not here. There's been a change in plans. He's halfway around the world in Australia, and we're flying you there to meet him." According to Natalie, it was only upon arriving in Australia and being once again airborne in a small charter plane that had been tasked with delivering them to their final location that the women began to catch on that perhaps something was amiss. "I remember being up in the plane and I'm like, 'Where is our resort? I don't see anything but trees and kangaroos.' You can't see anything around except desert. And then I was like, 'OK, the joke's on us,'" Natalie said.

Natalie's epiphany came right about the same time as the show's next major twist... the announcement to the women that the plane wouldn't be landing and that the women would have to parachute out of the plane in order to reach their final destination and meet Vadim. Outfitted with bright-pink jumpsuits over the formal dresses that they were still wearing, the girls then proceeded to parachute to the ground one by one, where the bewildered women suddenly began to question if they were still even on a reality show any more. "We're all standing there in our ball gowns in the Australian Outback looking like complete idiots," explained Natalie. "I didn't know if maybe we weren't on a dating show anymore. Maybe this is boot camp for high-maintenance girls."

From there the high-maintenance hilarity began to kick it up another notch (or at least TBS hopes so) with scenes such as Natalie asking Vadim for the location of the electrical outlets, another girl asking about the air conditioning of the remote camp, and witty comments about burning down the outback and building a mall over it.

Then, after a few episodes of exclusively high-maintenance hijinks, the show will take a Average Joe-like twist. "These girls are all uptown, high-maintenance, pampered beauties," Vadim explained to TV Guide. "There's no butch women. But halfway through the show, there's an introduction of a few other tougher, outdoorsy women."

The twelve women initially appearing on Outback Jack are listed below. (NOTE: In a bit of a departure from standard reality TV publicity, TBS has opted not to reveal the women's occupations and instead detailed their level of education. Read into that as you wish... perhaps they felt listing "aspiring model/actress" a dozen times would be overkill.) Full photos of the twelve women are available in our Outback Jack photo gallery.

  Adrienne, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, CA who is currently attending the University of Phoenix

  Cortney, a 24-year-old from Milwaukee, WI who graduated from University of Wisconsin with a degree in public relations.

  Harmonie, a 26-year-old from Scarsdale, NY who graduated from Syracuse University.

  Jillian, a 24-year-old from Miami, FL graduated from Florida Atlantic with a degree in Communications.

  Laura, a 21-year-old from Jacksonville, FL who is currently attending Flagler College.

  Maria, a 22-year-old from Ottawa, IL who attended Northern Illinois.

Marissa, a 23-year-old from Ocala, FL, no college listed.

Mary, a 24-year-old from Northfield, NJ, no college listed.

Natalie, a 21-year-old from Louisville, KY who attended Indiana University.

 Natasha, a 23-year-old from Freehold, NJ who graduated from Berkeley College with degree in accounting.

  Shannon, a 26-year-old from Titusville, FL who graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in business administration.

  Summer, a 23-year-old from Orlando, FL who is currently attending Florida State University for Interior Design

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