Who doesn't love 'Undercover Boss?'
The CBS unscripted reality show created by Stephen Lambert is a bonafide franchise, launched in the UK and successfully produced in the USA, Canada, Australia, Norway and Germany. As if that wasn't enough, versions of the series are currently in development for markets in Denmark, Spain, Turkey, Sweden, Belgium, France, Israel and The Netherlands. Lambert, presumably, sleeps on a large pile of money.
The series is a massive hit for CBS, set to launch its fourth season on November 2. A spinoff series 'Be the Boss,' a show where the concept was taken from a particular 'Undercover Boss' episode, was produced as a pilot for CBS, but the network passed. 'Be the Boss' has now landed at A&E, where it will debut its inaugural season on December 2.
The concept of 'Be the Boss' is as follows: every episode a competition will take place between two employees of a franchise-based company. The contestants believe that they are vying for a promotion and that the camera crew is set to document their behaviour for their superiors; in actuality, the winner of the challenge will become the boss of their very own franchise of the given company. But don't feel badly for the runner-up--they will still receive the promotion in their company that the contestant had been seeking all along.
Companies who have reportedly already filmed episodes for 'Be the Boss' include Complete Nutrition, Auntie Anne’s, Signal 88 Security, Molly Maid, Jazzercise and The Melting Pot. If the series is half as successful as its predecessor, you can expect mammoth chains like McDonalds and Starbucks to follow suit.
You can catch 'Be the Boss' on December 2 on A&E.