TSR Updates: People have spoken and “The Activist”, which was originally set as a reality contest series, has been canceled on CBS.
Within hours of the show’s announcement, CBS came under fire last week for trying to turn community activism into a competitive show. In addition to calling the show’s producers “voice deaf,” one of the three judges who signed on to the show, Julian Howe, had previously been criticized for wearing “Blackface” as part of a Halloween costume.
According to CNN, the CBS production partner, including Global Citizen and Live Nation, said,Activist was designed to show the passion, long time and skills of a wide audience that staff change the world, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. However, the format of the declared show has become clear from the important work that these incredible activists do in their community every day.
“The push for global change is not a competition and it requires global efforts. As a result, we are removing the competitive element and changing the format and converting the concept into a primetime documentary special (for announcing air dates), ”the statement said.
The series was originally intended to bring together six workers from around the world to “bring about meaningful change among three urgent universal factors: health, education and the environment.”
“Employees will compete in missions, media stunts, digital campaigns and community events aimed at attracting the world’s most powerful decision-makers, demanding action now,” according to the show.
Huff, Usher and Priyanka Chopra Jonas were initially ready to judge the competition.
Howe wrote in an Instagram post, “Thank you for using your voice, for calling me, for your accountability and your sincerity.” “I listen deeply with an open heart and mind.”
The new show “will show the tireless work of six employees and the impact they are talking about for the reasons they deeply believe in” and “each employee will receive a cash grant for the organization of their choice, as planned for the original show,” according to a CBS statement. .