Whenever a new, terrible idea for a reality show is announced—be it Married By America, Big Brother, Temptation Island, More To Love, etc.—someone somewhere invokes the tried-and-true editorial refrain: "What's next? Televised executions?" Well, according to Fox, pretty much, yeah.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"You're fired" — but for real.

Fox has ordered a one-hour unscripted series that turns real-life company layoffs into a reality contest.

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.

It's the anti-"Apprentice": Instead of contestants vying for a dream job, they're fighting to keep the lousy one they already have.

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Okay, so no one physically dies on the air. But the poor fired individuals on Someone's Gotta Go do suffer very public fiscal, emotional, and career deaths before a television audience. That's definitely an execution of sorts.  And not only are they fired—they're fired by a committee of their peers, so basically it's a televised stoning.

Kudos, Fox. In addition to making lay-offs that much more humiliating, you've now forced people to come up with a new low to hyperbolically say that reality television is close to sinking to. "What's next? Televised executions?" doesn't quite cut it in the wake of Someone's Gotta Go.

How about: "What's next? Televised slaughter of bald eagles, kittens, and the merciless de-winging of the last pegasus?" Or "What's next? Who Wants To Be Hobbled?. Or "What's next? Someone's Gotta Bomb This Orphanage?"

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