NEW REALITY SHOW: REDEMPTION INC.


shellsbells85
on Jan 07, 2012 @ 08:55 pm

I don't know if any of you are aware of the new series airing this Monday January 9th (@ pm) called "Redemption Inc." It basically is a reality show in which Kevin O'Leary (dragon from Dragon's Den) has put up $100,000 of his own money, giving ex-cons the opportunity to start working again and prove the have what it takes--the winner is awarded with the 100 grand to start their own business.

I personally am very EXCITED to see what this show has in store.

What are YOUR thoughts?? Some people disagree that an ex-con has a right to even be awarded any sort of prize, etc. while others see it as "an ex-con is not 'THEM,' they are your brother, your uncle, your cousin or any family member."

Anyone interested, here is a link to a little synopsis about the show:

http://www.cbc.ca/redemptioninc/
 

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LisaDrew
Thanks! on Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:40 pm

I loved Dragon's Den and am excited for Redemption Inc too! I think anyone that has paid for their crime has the right to earn another chance at success. Hopefully, it will give someone a chance to become a productive member of society.
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Ali de Bold
Curious about this on Jan 07, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

I'm definitely a fan of O'Leary's and interested to see this. As far as if ex-cons should have the right to this kind of opportunity I think it depends what they've done. I'm sure the ones on the show did petty crimes vs. something really serious. They want you to root for these people and that wouldn't be possible if contestants were murderers or sexual predators. I'll definitely watch it online.
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PG2011
Definitely will watch! on Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:30 am

Nearly anything Kevin O`Leary is part of seems to turn to gold and he is very entertaining, so we will definitely watch this to see if it`s worth sticking with. When I first heard the premise, I thought it was a misunderstanding as it did not strike me as something he would do. The more I think about it, that`s probably exactly why he is doing it! It`s not a been there, done that reality show and it`s refreshing to have a new reality offering on the table. Here`s to second chances and hopefully, adding a few more productive members of society to list. It seems like a great venue to learn great skills and build confidence - although if I were a convict (and I`m not, never have been), I would want to advertise myself as such on tv that easily goes viral/international. To each their own!
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PG2011
Oopss.. the above should say I would NOT want to advertise myself as such... on Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:31 am

Sorry!
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mamaluv
cool! on Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:35 am

I agree with Ali in that ex-cons do deserve a second chance - absolutely! There are many people who do incredibly stupid things as youths or young adults that may have been a product of a troubled upbringing or other influences. Obviously, we all have to be answerable for our own choices even in those cases, but the point being that some people have the deck stacked against them from early on.

I also agree that serious criminals should not be included in this opportunity simply because there may be more sinister problems under the surface. However, I'm guessing that the producers are working with law enforcement to screen out any people who represent an ongoing threat to society. It would be insane if they didn't.
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Becky
hmm... on Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:38 am

I wish I was the altruistic person I've always wanted to be and think that regardless of your crime, if you've paid the price then you deserve a second chance......but I'm not. A murderer, pedophile, rapist, etc. doesn't deserve to be in society, period. They took lives, one way or another. Why should they deserve to live theirs, when because of their choices an innocent person was robbed of their life?

Now if this show gave chances to the more forgivable criminals like robbers, selling drugs, etc. then that would be more acceptable to me.

I agree with what Ali said, it'd be hard rooting for someone who's committed a serious crime, so they will probably be giving this chance to those who are more easily forgivable. I'm sure they'll also play up the criminals past so viewers will have sympathy for them and why they committed their crimes in the first place (bad childhood, poverty, etc).

It'll be an interesting show...
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Aliza
Can't wait! on Jan 09, 2012 @ 01:44 pm

I am definitely a fan of Kevin O'Leary. I've met him a couple of times and he's a really smart guy. I loved watching Dragon's Den and can't wait to tune into Redemption Inc.
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shellsbells85
TONIGHT! on Jan 09, 2012 @ 06:46 pm

Just a reminder ladies to tune in at 9pm tonight!!!! We can all share our views after! hehe :)
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Aliza
Ahhh on Jan 10, 2012 @ 09:26 am

I missed it :(
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Lorna Q
interesting! on Jan 10, 2012 @ 02:24 pm

I heard about it and I'm really excited for this! The show sounds really interesting.. i'm really looking forward to see how the show plays out.
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