The reality TV audience, it seems, can be quite forgiving.
Consider CBC TV’s Redemption Inc. This week, a Prince George, B.C., woman emerged victorious on the series which saw 10 former convicts compete for a hefty investment to help them get a business idea off the ground. Alia Pierini, who was convicted in 2006 of extortion and aggravated assault, walked off into the sunset (yes, literally) with $100,000 to inject into Relia-Gal, her landscaping and snow removal business.READ MORE
Some irate callers to the show, Kevin O’Leary reports, were up in arms at the idea of tapping into the entrepreneurial talents of the former drug dealers, bank robbers, fraudsters and other ex-convicts who compete in the eight-part series to prove their skills in running a legitimate business.
But Mr O’Leary – who presents Redemption Inc. and has invested in the show – sees the venture as a combination of good business, good entertainment and good philanthropy.READ MORE