The announcement of the change comes a little over a month before the reality series was set to air. “The Activist” was initially supposed to come out on October 22, and there’s no word yet on whether the documentary replacement will fill in that slot or come out at a later date (via The Hollywood Reporter). The documentary will spend time with each of the six activists, showcasing the tireless work they’ve performed and highlighting their various causes. In a statement released by CBS, Live Nation, and Global Citizen, each activist will also receive “a cash grant for the organization of their choice, as was planned for the original show.”
You can read the complete statement at The Hollywood Reporter, which goes on to read, “It has become apparent the format of the show as announced distracts from the vital work these incredible activists do in their communities every day. The push for global change is not a competition and requires a global effort.”
Global Citizen released its own separate statement: “Global activism centers on collaboration and cooperation, not competition. We apologize to the activists, hosts, and the larger activist community — we got it wrong. It is our responsibility to use this platform in the most effective way to realize change and elevate the incredible activists dedicating their lives to progress all around the world.” Hopefully, out of all of the drama, some good does manage to come out of this series when it finally comes out.