The “actuality” network truTV — home to such diverse programming as Black Gold, about life on Texas oil rigs, and the self-explanatory Rehab: Party at the Hark Rock Hotel — has announced that among the series its currently developing is The Naked Office. According to the press release: “In troubled times, many businesses resort to radical methods to keep employees productive. The Naked Office uses an unorthodox form of very revealing group therapy to rebuild broken spirits.”
You can understand why we’d need to find more about this show, which comes to truTV from Reveille (The Biggest Loser, The Office) and is inspired by a similar series that aired in the UK. The network tells EW, the radical therapy “utilizes the belief that the best way for any team to shed destructive interpersonal issues is to slowly shed their clothes and build enough trust to work completely naked for one full day.” I don’t know how you institute that plan and not get sued, nor do I see sane people complying, but if the employees were to be at all normal, it could be fascinating.
The network’s development slate also includes Exposed! (working title), a show from Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg‘s production company Katalyst, which sounds equally revealing — at first. “In the spirit of Punk’d,” says the release, “Katalyst takes their brand of edgy, disruptive comedy programming to another level with this top-secret comedy that takes it all off in front of unsuspecting people, in the name of a unique social experiment.”
We thought that meant flashing; we were wrong. “This show exposes and unleashes outrageous characters in situations that are sure to provoke immediate reactions, confusion, chaos and comedy,” the network tells us. “There is no ‘flashing’ involved.” Pity.
Which show do you think holds more promise? Under any circumstance, could you see working in a Naked Office?