What would you do if you saw a gang of kids beating up on a homeless person? What if you and your husband were at a romantic dinner and the waitress started hitting on your spouse? Using hidden cameras, “Primetime: What Would You Do?” sets up everyday scenarios and then captures people’s reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Quiñones reports on their split-second – and often surprising – decision-making process on “Primetime: What Would You Do?” airing TUESDAY, AUGUST 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (OAD: 3/4/08)
Often people speculate on how they might act in a difficult situation, but this series looks at how they actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday’s scenarios include:
Homeless Attacks: “Bum bashing” is an alarming trend, where teens around the country attack homeless victims for sport. In most cases, no one is around when it happens. But what if people were? “What Would You Do” creates an example of this shocking phenomenon in a New Jersey town to find out.
Handicapped Parking: When an able-bodied woman barges into a handicapped parking space and refuses to move — even when a handicapped person asks for a spot – will anyone intervene?
Stranger Flirtation: Imagine you are out for a romantic dinner at a cozy restaurant. Everything seems lovely until the attractive waiter or waitress begins to openly hit on your spouse. How will six significant others react?
Embarrassing Moments: An oblivious stranger has spinach in her teeth, toilet paper on her shoes, or an unbuttoned blouse…. will anyone tell her and save her from becoming a laughingstock?
“What Would You Do?” has won awards from the Chicago International Television Festival, and the Avon Foundation’s 2006 Voice of Change award for exposing “injustice and wrongdoing against women and bringing the message of domestic violence to the mainstream.” The Columbia Journalism Review has called the program “a Candid Camera of Ethics.
David Sloan and Chris Whipple are the executive producers and Danielle Baum is the senior producer of “What Would You Do?”