Inneresting show concept!
Fox has just wrapped up filming a show pilot called Smile, You’re Under Arrest (working title), which the network describes as a 'reverse' Punk'd that targets criminals who have warrants out for their arrest.
“Instead of the worst day of your life and then a joke at the end, this is the reverse. This is the best day of your life, and then we arrest you,” explains Fox's President of Alternative Entertainment, Mike Darnell.
For example, in one scenario a subject is invited to a fake fashion shoot and is made to believe that he's about to become a supermodel but then ends with cops coming in for an arrest.
And in another, a criminal offered an auto racer opportunity ends when a police car comes up behind him on a race track to pull him over.
According to Darnell, all of the subjects are non-violent criminals.
He also adds that set-ups are a common way for officers to nab people out with warrants. However, most stings tend to be much smaller scale, such as tricking them into thinking they won tickets to a major sporting event.
The Fox suit went on to say, “If it were a regular person you’d feel bad for them, but they are all wanted by the law. It’s Cops as comedy and no one’s ever tried it before.”
If the show makes it on air, will you watch?
We'll give it a shot!
[Image via WENN.]