Just when you thought reality television couldn't sink much lower, FOX is scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Under the revamped title Does Someone Have To Go?, the network is resurrecting a modified version of its controversial unscripted project previously called Someone's Gotta Go, described as "Survivor meets The Office" in its first go-round.
Originally given a pilot order in 2009, the premise of the show was that small businesses struggling amid the recession would let their employees decide who should be laid off. When FOX filmed the pilot, the network drew criticism for being insensitive to the millions of Americans who had lost their jobs due to recession-related layoffs and did not pick it up to series.
Now nearing a four-episode order, the concept is being brought back with a few tweaks to its format. Rather than featuring companies suffering from economic hardship, the focus will be on dysfunctional businesses who—presumably, in the eyes of the programming geniuses behind this project—are deserving of their financial ruin. Employees will still have the responsibility of voting on which poor soul will be terminated, but in keeping with the title change, they may also choose not to fire anybody.
Yeah, like that's gonna happen. Is anyone else disturbed by this idea? In an unpredictable economy, workers paranoid about losing their jobs will conspire against each other to determine who gets a pink slip. How close are we to just tossing them in a pit and letting them fight to the death?