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May 19, 2009 - Marguerite Lanthier
For all you reality TV fans. Fox is developing a new show that ties right in with today’s dismal national financial situation. Mike Darnell, chief of alternative programming at Fox, says that the network’s new show, “Someone’s Gotta Go,” allows employees to vote off their fellow co-workers. Each episode will feature a company with about 15 or 20 employees that needs to cut costs because of the economy. Instead of the boss deciding who is fired, the company will open its books to show everyone’s salaries and let the employees make the call. Darnell told The Associated Press everyone who participates in the show knows fully what they are doing. ‘‘I feel that it’s part of the times that we are living in,’’ Darnell said. ‘‘It’s certainly no worse than watching the news every night and hearing all the statistics and watching what is happening. To be frank, like all these shows, if you don’t want to watch, don’t watch it.’’ Darnell is also responsible for a new reality dating show called “More to Love.” He told the Hollywood Reporter that the show, which matches up overweight contestants, would give “real” looking people the chance to find love as well. The show is intended to capitalize on the enthusiastic ratings of both “The Bachelor” and “The Biggest Loser.” How about a reality show where the public fires the TV executives?
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