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• Netflix has announced a new show of pranks, called Dating stuffing, hosted by Strange things stars Gaten Matarazzo.
• The show targets people looking for a part-time job and the overall reaction has not been good.
• An exit date has not been announced for Prank Enocounters, but a press release said "later this year".
In the three years since the launch of Netflix Stranger things, the show was nothing short of a cultural giant. Not only has the series probably become the biggest hit of the streaming giant, but its stars are passionate about great things: Winona Ryder has enjoyed a resurgent career, David Harbor has been nominated for a pair of Emmy's and recently landed a coveted MCU role, and the kids have been everywhere.
Unfortunately, in what was probably an effort to continue capitalizing on the preparationsStranger-Things-Mania, Netflix has announced a new project that could have been designed with good intentions but that clearly sounds like a failure. This idea takes the form of a show hosted by Gaten Matarazzo, better known as Dustin's sci-fi show, called Dating joke. Described as an "epic series of hidden pranks with a hidden camera", the series seems to be essentially a mediocre version of Undercover Boss.
A press release issued by Netflix indicates that the show "takes two complete strangers who are thinking of starting their first day at a new job," before revealing that the paths of these two strangers will collide, part-time jobs turn into nightmares full time."
A show featuring a young and very wealthy TV star who is kidding with someone who is just trying to make a living does not seem to be a particularly appealing idea. On hearing of the massive rise that the Strange things Season 3 – Children, including Matarazzo, have seen their salary per episode rise from the $ 30,000 range to the $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 range. DEADLINE-makes this idea particularly disgusting.
Vulture said the planned prank show sounds like a Black mirror episode, and that sounds perfect. In the same spirit, it sounds like something from a cult classic movie like Mike Judge's Idiocratie or my favorite movie from last year, Boots Riley's debut Sorry to disturb you. In this last film, a near future slightly modified imagines a game show called I had shit chased from me, who finds his competitors … well, it's explicit. This show could be a good block of programming with the new Netflix offer, right?
Matarazzo, who also has an executive producer credit for Dating stuffing, shared the press release for the show, and has, as they say, ratioed:
It's a fun situation, and you have to imagine that most people would imagine that they could have been treated with better judgment. When Matarazzo, 16, plays Dustin, he is one of everyone's favorite characters. Stranger things. But this show is just a bad look.
Hopefully they will rethink this idea – or at least make some serious changes to it – before starting to produce.