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Report: ABC and Fox competing for new 'Worst Driver' reality series


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/13/2007 

America has so many terrible drivers, it's apparently time to see which one's the worst.

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Fox and ABC are currently vying for the U.S. rights to develop Worst Driver, The New York Post reported Wednesday, with both networks hoping to secure the reality competition series' format.  The show was originally developed by Mentorn and premiered in the U.K. in 2002.  It currently has an edition airing in Canada and has also seen versions created in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. Mentorn still holds the rights to the series' format, according to The Post, adding officials at both Fox and NBC had no comment about their efforts to acquire it.

Britain's Worst Driver followed contestants who competed against each other in a series of road tests created to challenge their skills and highlight their weaknesses, according to The Post, with the horrible driver who showed the most improvement receiving a congratulatory pat on the back and the loser given the dubious honor of "Worst Driver."

Fox and ABC are presumably optimistic that their attempts to land Worst Driver's rights will fair better than what happened to another American broadcast network. 

In 2004, NBC licensed Worst Driver's format and produced a pilot, The Post reported, however the show reportedly never aired because the network feared "it would be criticized for airing a series that appeared to condone reckless driving."  As if drivers in the States need their reckless driving to be condoned.

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