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Swept Away - A Very Special Episode 

A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?

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Byron Stark
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Melanie Kaufman
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Corey Kaufman
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A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?

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28 February 2001 (USA)  »

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A network vice president asks if "Brillstein" set him up for a fake arrest. Bernie Brillstein was at the time a major American television producer. See more »

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Detective Ed Green: That's a wrap.
Melanie Kaufman: How did you get in here?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: [holding up his badge] With this.
Detective Ed Green: You're both under arrest for the murder of Wesley Tatum.
Corey Kaufman: Wait, you can't arrest us. We have a show to finish.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Consider yourself canceled.
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References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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To Spice Up The Ratings
21 June 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Detectives Briscoe and Green get called to a homicide of a young man who went off a rooftop in Manhattan. The deceased was part of the cast of a reality show and as it turns out was killed by another cast member. The deceased had a reputation as a provocateur and did deliberately create conflict situations in the show.

I might just be not the one to write a review on this particular episode since I shun reality shows. I've never understood with all the films and literature available for our entertainment some of us just choose to watch ordinary people with no discernible talent just acting like our normal stupid selves. If that passes for entertainment they can have it.

In the end when responsibility is parsed out after getting a plea from the actual doer, Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon decide to go after the network as the real responsible party. Though that was not their intent a man's life was lost and a network vice president played by Adam Trese gets put on trial.

Newton Minow called television the 'vast wasteland' many years ago. What would he think of reality TV?


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