Employees will fire each other on Fox series Someone’s Gotta Go

Employees faced with layoffs will select who among them gets fired on Fox’s new series Someone’s Gotta Go, which will debut this summer or fall. On each episode, a small businesses’ employees will learn that one of them will be laid off, and will then get to know everyone else’s salaries and confront one another before they vote on who gets fired.

Fox’s Mike Darnell told Variety, “It’s ‘Survivor’ meets ‘The Office.’ When someone is arbitrarily let go the first reaction usually is ‘How come that person was fired when another idiot is still here?’ This finally gives employees a chance to make that decision instead of a boss.”

And, you know, be humiliated on TV. Bonus! Clearly, Fox has had enough of its American Idol reputation and is returning to its reprehensible reality roots.

Production company Endemol’s David Goldberg tried to justify this to Variety, saying, “We’re always trying to find the next thing that is topical and timely in the zeitgeist. What could be more current than the financial crisis and dealing with the realities of losing jobs? This is an extension of that real-life experience.”

If Endemol and Fox are looking for more topical and timely and real-life experiences they can turn into TV shows, why stop here? There have been plenty of random, senseless shootings recently that’d make fantastic television.

Layoffs get the reality TV treatment [Variety]

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