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A&E is Burying People Alive for TV - Cue Collective Groan

In the most baffling news of the TV season, the network A&E will bury actual people alive on TV for their new program Fear: Buried Alive. Our only reaction is – WTF WHY WHO ASKED FOR THAT? With dumb TV surrounding us at every corner (we don’t know if you recall that awful 2013 competition show Are You Hot? No? Google it), it really shouldn’t be a huge surprise that something as risky and traumatic as being buried alive is now going to be a consumable television bit – nor should it be surprising that people being buried were volunteers.

The show will have at least three participants, and air in the nights preceding Halloween. The network refers to it as an ‘experiment’ in their press release (rule of thumb; if the producer calls the program an ‘experiment,’ or there’s a black leather couch involved, it’s probably not worth it). A&E also wrote in the release:

“In this two-hour live event, the participants will be sealed in underground coffins and closely monitored under scientific conditions as they endure a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches. But this extreme experiment is not about escape — it is about enduring and defeating true terror.”

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The audience will also be blessed with psychological facts and observations from sociologist and fear researcher, Dr. Margee Kerr, and Eli Roth for some reason. While A&E assures that safety is of the utmost importance to them, we still cannot conceive why anyone would feel like they needed this show in their lives.  Though in a classic case of ‘car wreck so horrible we can’t look away,’ we may just end up watching it anyway.

Catch Fear: Buried Alive on Monday, October 26, at 8 PM

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