"PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?," TUESDAY, MARCH 11 ON ABC
A Couple Fighting in Public� A Waiter Flirting with Your Wife� A Stranger in Need�
When People See a Situation That Cries Out for Action, Do They Step in,
Back Away or Just Walk on by?
What would you do if you saw a couple fighting in the park -- the boyfriend on the verge of physically harming the woman? What if he is black and she is white, or vice versa � would his race make a difference? Using hidden cameras, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" sets up everyday scenarios to capture people's reactions. Whether they're compelled to act or mind their own business, John Qui�ones reports on their split-second � and often surprising � decisions. "Primetime: What Would You Do?" airs TUESDAY, MARCH 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
People speculate on how they might act in a difficult situation, but this series looks at what they actually do in the face of dilemmas that test their character and values. Tuesday's scenarios include:
� Interracial Abuse: A bi-racial couple engages in a very public domestic dispute � bordering on abusive. When a boyfriend is on the verge of physically harming a woman in a public park, will people intervene? Viewers see that some people show incredible courage while others just walk right by. Will bystanders show the same courage when the boyfriend is black? Will their interpretation be different?
� Good Samaritan: Based on a famous university experiment, "Primetime" asks people to prepare a speech on the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan and then go to another location to record their speech on camera. But on the way, they encounter someone in need. Will anyone stop to help and be a real life Good Samaritan? "Primetime" reports on what causes a person to help someone they don't know.
� Stranger Flirtation: "Primetime" turns the tables as it continues a scenario involving unwanted flirtation from a stranger. Last week an attractive waitress openly hit on a man dining with his spouse at a romantic restaurant. This week viewers see how men react to a waiter hitting on their significant other, and how one woman gets the surprise of her life after her dinner.
This week's interactive "What Would You Do?" scenario looks at how people handle an office situation where their boss leaves behind his blackberry displaying an open email in which he takes credit for a project they've done. The segments incorporates viewers' video reactions submitted at http://ugv.abcnews.go.com/Player.aspx?id=2811429 and includes expert advice on how to handle this scenario.
According to a recent Columbia Journalism Review essay, "Primetime: What Would You Do?" is "the flip side of reality TV� rather than show how people act in manufactured situations when they know they're being watched, they show us how people act when they don't." The series 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 foundation called the program "an important work of journalism that illustrates the unwillingness of many people to become involved or speak out against domestic violence."
David Sloan is the executive producer of "Primetime: What Would You Do?"