SEASON FINALE OF "PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" HEADS TO DALLAS, TX, FRIDAY, MAY 20 ON ABC
"Primetime: What Would You Do?" hits the road to see how people will react to scenarios shot in Dallas, Texas. Will diners at a restaurant intervene when a waitress verbally berates a gay couple or when an interracial couple is harassed by another man? Will salon patrons say anything to an overbearing "pageant mom" or to a rude customer? Will the reaction be the same as when "WWYD" set up similar scenes in the northeast? Using hidden cameras, "What Would You Do?" establishes everyday scenarios and then captures people's reactions. Whether people are compelled to act or mind their own business, John Qui�ones reports on their split-second and often surprising decisions. The Season Finale of "What Would You Do?" airs FRIDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week's scenarios include:
· Gay Couple: At a busy diner in a Dallas suburb, a gay couple is verbally harassed when their waitress begins an anti-gay diatribe. Her comments are relentless - culminating in her kicking the couple out of the restaurant. Will any bystanders intervene?
· Interracial Couple: A black man and his white girlfriend are minding their own business and enjoying some food at a local diner when another patron comes over and interrupts them to chastise the man for choosing a white partner. Will anyone say anything to the racist instigator?
· Pageant Mom: At a salon, a mother is having her little girl's nails done and coaching her about an upcoming beauty pageant. The mother suggests to the reluctant little girl to get her eyebrows waxed to give her a competitive advantage. The little girl screams in protest but her mother insists. Will other customers say anything? What if it's a dad putting pressure on the daughter?
· Rude Customer: A woman getting a manicure/pedicure berates her nail technician. She starts with small insults - and then eventually escalates into her saying discriminatory things like "Do you even speak English?" Will people intervene? What if it's a rude male customer?
· Teen Pregnancy: A young teen and her boyfriend sit at a table at a small city café. The anxious teen is heard confessing to her boyfriend that she's newly pregnant. The boyfriend doesn't take the news well and lashes out at her, telling her she's going to have to get an abortion. The teen is distraught, but her boyfriend is undeterred. Will anyone step in?
"Primetime: 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 is executive producer and Danielle Baum Rossen is senior broadcast producer of "What Would You Do?"