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New TV Show Cruelly Capitalizes on our National Recession

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 8, 2009 |

What a miserable, cruel, mean-spirited and lousy idea for a reality show. FOX, which is already rolling out “More to Love” — a “Bachelor” for fat people (or, as the Fox execs like to say, “A dating show for the rest of us,” which is to say: FOX is calling us fat) — has sunk to even lower depths. They’ve ordered a reality show that is the anti-“Apprentice.”

Taking place in small companies — of less than 20 employees — in the show, a business expert will be called in to help the company choose which employee will be laid off. The twist? The employees themselves — who will get access to HR files, budgets, and salaries — will be making the decision. Which is to say: We, the lucky viewers at home, will get to witness employees eat one of their own (perhaps later, this show and “More to Love” can do a crossover episode, where the employees literally eat one of their own).

The show is called “Someone’s Gotta Go,” and I suppose it may bring some small comfort to the eight-and-a-half percent of America’s workforce already out of a job if they can revel in someone else’s misery for an hour each week. Maybe FOX will follow the newly unemployed person during the weeks and months after the layoff, and we can all watch as he and his family from from the unemployment dole and into a homeless shelter. What fun!

I don’t watch “American Idol” or “House” and I’m about to give up on “Dollhouse,” so honestly, I have no use for you anymore, FOX television. I hope you drown in a bowl of your own suck.

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