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A Real “Whodunnit?” Coming to Television

I have always loved a good mystery. My favorite board game has and always will be Clue (honorable mention: Mall Madness), I used to read Nancy Drew books like they were going out of style, and the greatest episode ever of Saved by the Bell was when Lisa won a murder mystery weekend for the gang. That’s why I am so excited by the news that ABC will soon be airing Whodunnit?, a reality show that basically brings that Saved by the Bell premise to life. 

Thirteen people will live in a mansion, and while no one will die (duh, it’s not the Hunger Games), one of them will be a “murderer,” with the others trying to figure out who it is. Now, if someone is eliminated each week, that will make it kind of easy to figure out who did it, right? There are going to have to be some twists to this to make it plausible. The creator is the man behind CSI, so we should expect some outlandishness to take place. Oh yeah, the winner also wins a cool $250,000. Not too shabby for solving a mystery, huh?

My friend texted me when she heard about this show, and said I should figure out how to apply. As fun as it sounds, I can totally see this all unfolding on television, with me guessing the wrong person and embarrassing myself in front of the country. Instead, I’ll just imagine what the show will be like – will the mansion be just like Mr. Boddy’s in Clue? Is the mystery going to be solved by Zach discovering lipstick on a glass of mango tonic with a kiwi twist (oops, I went back to SBTB again)? I will be happy if they don’t go for stunt casting, which might leave us with irritating people that will take away from the fun premise (basically, don’t let the people who cast for the Bachelor anywhere near this). I will also be thrilled if there is some sort of interactive aspect between the show and the audience.

As you can see, I’m pretty excited for something that no one really knows anything about. Will you be tuning in? Are you as into mysteries as I am?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

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