When a job applicant is discriminated against because of her religious beliefs, will anyone intervene? What will happen when a shopper starts to eat the produce while at a supermarket? Some cases seem to cry out for action – while others seem to present a choice. What would YOU do?"
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 Quiñones reports on their split-second and often surprising decision-making process. “Primetime: What Would You Do?” airs FRIDAY, MAY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
This week’s scenarios include:
- Blind, Blind Date: It’s his first date with a supermodel (at least that’s what she says she is). But he has to take her word for it, because he’s blind. Will his fellow patrons at the bar let him know she’s lying?
- The Grazer: A “grazer” is supermarket industry term for people who eat products before buying them or even eat and then opt not to buy them at all. Will anyone object to someone openly “grazing” in the produce aisle at a supermarket?
- Job discrimination: Will anyone come to a job applicant’s defense when they overhear the boss engage in religious discrimination during the interview?
- Baby Be Mine: An excited couple arrives at a diner waiting for their teenage surrogate mother to join them. But when the very pregnant teenage girl shows up and tells them she has changed her mind and wants to keep the baby, the couple starts to verbally assault her saying she betrayed their trust and will sue her to get their money back. Will anyone intervene?
“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 the senior broadcast producer of “What Would You Do?”