Baboon House – No This Is Not April Fool’s.
Who would have thought that reality tv shows would now be having a cast entirely of animals? Well Baboon House is doing just that. It is a twist on the Big Brother format with baboons being placed in a house to see what occurs.
The producers admit to using techniques traditionally used in reality TV formats and the producer is from that alumni.
Producers tricked out a rural abode in a small South African village with all manner of AV equipment and one-way mirrors, and then, aping Big Brother, producers (led by Jon Kroll, veteran of Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and Amish in the City)gently prodded their simian “houseguests” to see what would happen when food, natural predators, and even a Christmas tree were introduced into the equation.
The producers’ most surprising discovery: These baboons might actually be better behaved than the human buffoons on reality shows. “I’ve worked with a lot of reality-show characters over the past ten years,” says Kroll, who exec produced the Nat Geo Wild series with Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man). “But these baboons were the most sympathetic, engaging, and in many ways the most human of any of them.
Also here is a link to the opening credits which does show how they tried to give the show a reality TV type feel.