The programme, called Find My Baby A Home, focuses on a group of couples in competition to win a baby.
He admitted the concept was tough for some to swallow. "Look, it was a very hard sell. The TV people struggled with the idea at first, until they saw our sizzle reel, and then they saw the emotional journey and the positive story."
Cleave said an adoption agency will select and screen a number of couples looking to adopt a child. Bolton Productions is not involved in that process.
"The couples selected will go to a retreat, like on The Bachelor or Survivor, and there is a judging panel who advise the pregnant mother on which couple she should choose to win her baby," he said.
The panel comprises the mother at full-term, her friends and family, a representative from the adoption agency and a psychiatrist.
Cleave said he was on the verge of inking a deal with a major American production company, which he declined to name.
"Everything will be done out of America. I'll be an executive producer."
I chopped that up a bit, here a link to the full story: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10808242
After reading this I visited some of the adoption forums that I used to visit regularly to see what the chatter was.
I was really surprized!
After a few posts noting how appalling this all was things started sorting out in a different way.
The people looking to adopt were saying it's all pretty much like that anyway: you try to sell yourself to mothers and hope she picks you from among all the other "contestants".
The birth-mothers were saying how they wished they'd had a panel of experts to help them decide on the right people. (Many noted that they would not have wanted to do this in any kind of a game show format, to be sure). A few ventured that this was a positive thing, in a weird way, in that birth-motherhood might no longer been seen as shameful -- if they showed that the woman was in a powerful position, making decisions for the right reasons.
The adoptees remained horrified and really, their opinion is the only one that should count, in my opinion. I completely understand why they feel that being a game show prize is degrading.
There were a few, of course, who thought the concept would glorify promiscuity and unwed motherhood and make would make the baby Jesus cry. And they might have a point in this day and age of reality show stardom where girls can end up on "Teen Mom" type shows thereby becoming fodder for the tabloids.
What say you, A2K?