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Bar Karma Lets the Viewers Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Bar Karma” is a new series on Current TV set in “a place at the edge of the universe, a venue that’s behind time and before space, a watering hole where the tab you run up may never be paid – in this lifetime, at least.” Anything can happen. Really, anything. Because the show is “crowd-sourced.” The audience gets to decide on the story. Wired reports:

Four short months ago, a web programmer from Barberton, Ohio, named Jason Lee Holm had an idea for a TV show that sounds like something right out of a vintage episode of The Twilight Zone: What if a man, worried that his soon-to-be published book will cause a global meltdown, rectifies the problem by traveling to the future and hashing out the dilemma with a 20,000-year-old bartender?

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That’s Bar Karma.

Every happy hour one lost soul wanders through the bar’s doors, finding themselves at a karmic crossroads in his or her life. The Bar Karma staff guides their patrons using eerie glimpses into the past, present and many possible futures. What would happen if you could change your fate? That’s the question Bar Karma sets out to answer. The show may begin with “a guy walks into a bar…” but Bar Karma always ends with someone’s life being changed…forever.

Try out the very cool Storymaker application to Wiki your way into Bar Karma’s storyline and guide its direction. Or just visit the Create Episodes site to vote on what goes on the chalkboard, why Dayna leaves the bar, or whether the woman played by Genie Francis of “General Hospital” has multiple personalities or is a twin? (Hmmm. If there’s a “both” option, I just might try it.)

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