Talk about pushing buttons, did a Dutch TV series really find Osama bin Laden not guilty of the Sept. 11 attacks? Yes, according to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter about the show Devil’s Advocate, which has a defense attorney represent the “world’s worst criminals” to a jury and, get this, “a studio audience.” It’s hard not to marvel at how baldly offensive and controversial TV in the Netherlands seems willing to be. This was the country, after all, that created Big Brother, a reality show that the U.S. and many other nations soon adopted. Could TV juries be far behind? Would you watch if international criminals were tried on TV by a studio audience? Is that a step too far for reality TV in this country, or would it no doubt be a success?
Please note: This clip from the show contains some sensational images from Sept. 11 that some viewers may find disturbing.