If Paddy could see how right he was…

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he’d never stop puking.

Loathsome Mike Darnell to bring this mockeryto Fox:

Coming to Fox: a reality series in which actual companies that are
struggling to stay afloat in this lousy economy agree — presumably in
exchange for money — to let their staffs decide which among them is
going to get pink-slipped to save money.

To populate its new “Lord of the Flies”-esque series, “Someone’s
Gotta Go,” Fox has lined up actual companies — smaller, Dunder
Mifflin-esque-sized (15-20 employees) ones — having financial

In each case, the company’s boss or owner will call all the
employees together and tell them someone’s going to get laid off. But
rather than the boss/owner making the decision, he or she will instead
give the employees all the available information about one another —
salaries, job evaluations, etc. — and let the employees decide who
will get pink-slipped.

Fox — or at least its genius/madman head of reality-TV Mike
Darnell, whom no one over there seems willing or able to reign in —
thinks people will flock to this show. Because it is about — wait for
it — wish fulfillment. Because we’ve all been there when someone —
we’ll call them Mister A — once again cons their way out of getting
shown the door at our place of employment, while poor old hard-working
slob — Mister B — gets the old heave ho, and wished we were in charge
so it hadn’t played out that way.

H/T toWatertiger at Dependable Renegade

7 thoughts on “If Paddy could see how right he was…

  1. Having just gone through a round of layoffs and being told ‘you can keep one’ (out of 3). No way I would have the stomache to watch or be involved. I can’t imagine the weaselly-ness of a boss/owner that won’t do the layoffs themselves.

  2. I would watch this just to see how they edit it to the taste of their target audience. Watch for editing to play up the race angle (bad), the female angle (bad) and the joe the plumber angle (good!). This will be huge.
    And I always thought that reality shows had to at least have the permission of participants to film/edit/etc. How will they do this with supposedly unwilling participants?

  3. If you’re working for a company desperate enough to participate in this Charlie Foxtrot, it’s definitely time to jump ship.

  4. I think you’re too kind to Fox on this.
    My impression of reality shows is that they exist to intensify tension and bring out the worse in people. Then walk away from the destruction without any thought of the damage left behind. In many cases (Wife Swap), they almost seem to exist to induce mental breakdowns.

  5. Isn’t 50 employees the trigger for all sorts of state and federal protections to kick in, including employee discrimination statutes?
    Sure Fox has their lawyers fine-tooth-combing the show; reality shows (which are in reality rigged game shows just this side of violating federal law) thrive on unfairness. You wanna bet fellow employees cast out people due to actionable reasons, but somehow that tape gets lost?
    “How will they do this with supposedly unwilling participants? ” By intimating that anyone who does not cooperate is refusing to carry out a condition of their employment — promotion for the company.
    The probability that someone will start Bring A Gun to Work Day on one of these shows is fast approaching 100%.

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