Reality TV suffered a bit of an adolescent period in the early and mid-2000’s. It was during this time that executives searched to see just how low-brow the American public would go. Fox spearheaded the movement which brought the viewing public such “classics” as “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire” and “Temptation Island”. These slimy shows luckily tanked, and it seemed we would never see such gut-wrenching programming again.
We were wrong.
This week, Fox launches a new reality program centered around the prospect of employees voting for which one of their co-workers deserves to be fired. The show will focus on three attention-starved companies who, evidently failing to get on Undercover Boss, see this program as the best way to get exposure.
The show is a revamp of previous show pitch which forced employees to choose which of their co-workers would be laid off. The pitch tested as dreadfully as you might exist, and Fox canned the idea until now.
Even if the new show does lead to the firing of a “worthy” employee, there is no telling what the fallout of the program will be on the company. Offices are already plagued by drama and insecure employees as it is. To encourage employees to conspire against one another on National television is a recipe for disaster.
Each company featured will receive $25,000, the employees will get $1,500, and the employed sacrificed is promised $10,000 in severance. Considering the pay, and the fallout they will be escaping, consider the “loser” of the program the lucky one.