is the next step in the current fad for reality tv
. Recently signed by NBC
the programme was devised by the creator of Survivor
, Mark Burnett. The show will cover the fortunes of a team of competitors as they are sent to Star City, a Russian
space camp, for cosmonaut
training. Over a period of around thirteen weeks the trainers will eliminate
entrants one by one, building up to a final programme where the best candidate
will be selected on the launch
pad of a Soyuz space
capsule. This lucky winner
will then actually fly on a ten day trip to Mir itself.
The programme is rumoured to have been signed for almost $40 million by NBS, $20 million of which will cover the cost of the trip itself. This payment will go to MirCorp, the current owners of the rights to use Mir for commercial purposes.
Additional Note: This seems rather unlikely these days. RIP Mir.