Everyone knows Internet rule No. 34: If you can imagine it, there’s porn of it. (Link totally SFW, don’t worry.) I’m starting to think there’s a TV rule of a similar nature: If you can imagine it and it involves humiliation, there’s a reality show of it. At least that’s it seems like with today’s news that Fox is turning small companies’ layoffs into a reality series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The show’s working title is Someone’s Gotta Go. Employees are called to a meeting and informed there will be layoffs, but with a reality show twist: The staff will be allowed to determine who is fired. The employees will have access to the company’s internal information — budgets, HR files, salaries, etc. — to help make their decision.”
I’m torn. Maybe this could be a really humane, bottom-up exploration of how Americans’ identities are linked to their jobs; maybe having something “real” in reality television isn’t a bad idea. But…neither Fox nor this show’s production company Endemol have a particularly encouraging track record when it comes to the overlap of decency and reality television.
What do you think, Pop Watchers? Would you watch a show about people getting laid off?