FOX puts Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, Playing it Straight online, but you’ll pay.

FOX puts Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, Playing it Straight online, but you’ll pay.
Two of the reality series FOX killed off will be available for viewing online, one of them starting today. My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss and Playing it Straight were both cut short in the middle of their runs because of low ratings. FOX already revealed the results of Playing it Straight on its web site last summer, so it’s strange that the network is now charging viewers to watch the episodes online. All eight episodes are now online, for a cost of $1.99 each, or $9.99 for all eight. Not surprisingly, FOX has removed the episode summaries from the site. And although we don’t know the outcome of My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss, its remaining five episodes will apparently be free when they go online “soon”, whenever that may be. A FOX spokesperson tells E! Online, “This is an experiment. We’re going to see what the response is. There was a fairly vocal fan base for Playing It Straight. This is simply an opportunity to test the system.”

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