Crying A Little Inside: Live Like You’re Dying

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10/21/2008 1:30 PM |

Sob-worthy sadsack stuff you should probably know about, if you seek out emotional catharses with more vigor than a teenage goth listening to My Chemical Romance and posting about The Bell Jar on her MySpace blaaagh.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Hollywood Insider has the scoop on a new CBS reality show Survivor‘s Jeff Probst has created called Live Like You’re Dying:

The show, Live Like You’re Dying, will feature a person who
has been given a terminal diagnosis with a finite amount of time to
live and "take them on the last adventure of their life," according to
Probst. That adventure will include reunions with lost friends or
formerly feuding family members, a "legacy moment" that will ensure
their name carries on forever, and living out a personal dream. "It
could be playing guitar with Eric Clapton or jumping out of a plane
into a volcano," Probst explained to "Whatever it is that
you’re still desiring to do in your life — we want to make it happen.

Does anyone else remember those Lurlene McDaniel
Y.A. novels? Because I was an incredibly morbid,
freakish girl-child, I read most of them. McDaniel wrote one
particularly wrenching series, “One Last Wish,” about young people who
all had terminal illnesses — cancer, usually — and were given an
anonymous donation of money to live out one last Big Dream. (There was
also generally a whirlwind, star-crossed romance, sigh.) These books
made me unspeakably morose, and yet, I guzzled all of them like the
melancholia crack addict I am, book after book after book. Probst’s
show will likely attempt to capitalize on the over-stimulated emotions
of people like me.

Live Like You’re Dying sounds like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
crossed with the Make A Wish Foundation crossed with those Sunday
afternoon St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital infomercials
featuring Marlo Thomas and John Goodman. Which basically means I have
no choice but to watch this show and will probably need a tear duct
transplant after it runs its course.

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