'Siberia' review: NBC's new show questions reality

"Siberia" may not be real, but it does make you question the entire concept of "reality" on television. In this age of scripted looks into stylized life, is the new NBC show any less real than the reality shows it seems to mimic?At its most basic, "Siberia" is a direct heir to the found-footage genre so popular in horror films. The show takes 16 strangers out into the Russian wilderness -- not coincidentally in the general area of the Tunguska event of 1908 -- and leaves them there. Those who survive a Siberian winter at a primitive camp will share in a monetary prize.It's unfortunate for the contestants that someone or something wants to make sure that no one makes it to spring. Deaths begin in the premiere episode, and horror promises to follow close behind.None of this is real, of course. Liability laws and general human decency prohibit such carnage on actual reality...



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