Suppose you saw a friend’s spouse cheating — would you tell her? What if you saw a young girl being cruelly taunted by other girls – would you confront them? 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 FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (OAD: 2/26/08)
Often people speculate on how they might act in a difficult situation, but this series shows what they actually do in the face of everyday dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday’s scenarios include:
Muslim Woman: Based on the real-life experiences of a devout Muslim woman living in west Texas, “What Would You Do?” finds out what happens when a Muslim woman wearing a veil is denied service by the owner of a popular bakery. Who will come to her defense, and who will support the owner who wants to kick her out?
Parallel Parker from Hell: What will people do when they see a parallel parker bulldoze her way into a tight spot, knocking the fender off the car behind her – and then saunter away? Will they intervene to alert the damaged car’s owner? In a New Jersey suburb, “What Would You Do?” finds out.
Mean Girls: We all know adolescence can be tough and that teens can be cruel. But while “bullying” may be associated with boys, girls can be bullies too. Girls tend to assault their victims verbally, causing hidden wounds deeper than any playground punch. When “What Would You Do?” creates a scenario where three girls verbally attack another in a park, what will witnesses do?
Cheaters: Imagine being out to dinner when you notice an amorous couple — playful and flirtatious — and upon a closer look realize that the man is your good friend’s husband? And that the woman he’s cuddling with is a complete stranger. Do you tell your friend that her husband is up to no good?
“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?”