Sacked Employees To Provide Fox with Ratings -- Everyone Wins!

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 difficulties.

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.

We called Darnell to ask how, among other things, Fox is handling the legal quagmire when it comes to revealing details of employees' personal evaluations, etc. on national TV. He declined to comment.

Fox's latest effort in the art of television programming was developed, and is being sold internationally, by Dutch-based production company Endemol, who also brings us CBS's "Big Brother," which used to seem mean-spirited and skanky, but which suddenly looks quaint and charming.

An Endemol spokeman told a Reuters reporter in Amsterdam the new show "will be an interesting experiment." The reporter, in turn, likened "Someone's Gotta Go" to NBC's "The Apprentice" -- to which this new show bears virtually no resemblance, in that the "employees" of The Donald are fake, and when he shouts "You're fired!" they're not losing their actual jobs, they're only losing a made-for-TV competition. We vote that Reuters reporter off the island.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  April 7, 2009; 4:59 PM ET Add category
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Hey, here's an idea- how about a dance marathon where the last couple on their feet get a prize? Oh wait, they already did that in the last Depression, never mind.

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 7, 2009 5:26 PM

Sick. Just plain sick. Fox has hit a new low. No wonder the right wing loves them so.

Posted by: Blue_Moose | April 7, 2009 5:29 PM

The Faux network, once again scraping THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET.

Posted by: gce1356 | April 7, 2009 5:30 PM

Wow. Usually when a tv show is wrong it has some redeeming qualities. This one has none and its immorality dwarfs all others.

I'm sure the voted off person will get some kind of surprise severance or new job on the finale, but that doesn't excuse the show's premise.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | April 7, 2009 5:31 PM

I'm sure it won't be long before we see FOX airing a reality show where depressives get to compete to see who will commit suicide in real time on national TV. If it weren't for the Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad, I'd block reception of the network.

Posted by: stephenlouis | April 7, 2009 5:34 PM

Just the latest example that the media in general, and Fox in particular, continue on a seemingly irreversible race to the bottom. Unfortunately, they are just giving us what we want and I imagine it will be a big hit....

Posted by: lovinliberty | April 7, 2009 5:37 PM

After this, they can run a sequel called "Going Postal", where the laid off employee returns to kill fellow co-workers.

Posted by: blindspeed | April 7, 2009 5:44 PM

How about this one- the contestants all throw darts at a map and the one that's closest to the next recession-driven mass shooting spree wins a prize!

Posted by: hairguy01 | April 7, 2009 5:59 PM

Just when you thought that MMA was as low as television could go.

Posted by: mightykevbo | April 7, 2009 6:00 PM

What a SAD country we have become!
This is why foreigner should not own certain things in this country.

Posted by: shamken | April 7, 2009 6:03 PM

The executives behind the series should be made to take part in one episode themselves.

Posted by: offgridnick | April 7, 2009 6:05 PM

wow, just wow. I'm wondering if these people are more along the lines of vultures or sadists?

You'd think Fox television would have hired at least one person with a soul to alert them whenever their suggestio for a new show veers off from cheesy, cheap, and campy territory into territory that is downright immoral and sick.

This is one of the cruelest things I have ever heard a network suggest. I would absolutely refuse to watch it and would go out of my way to ensure that everyone I know wouldn't.

If this goes through let me just say that I sincrely hope that something really, really bad happens to everyone involved.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | April 7, 2009 6:09 PM

I would love to be on the receiving end of this show, so I could pursue a massive multi-million dollar lawsuit against my former employer and Fox for violating employment privacy laws.

Posted by: swmuva | April 7, 2009 6:19 PM

I share the sentiments of most of the posters on the board. What a horrible idea.

I predict a lawsuit.

Posted by: birdaa | April 7, 2009 6:21 PM

The dirtball network, staffed by dirtballs, pandering to dirtballs.

This show should play well within Fox's core demographic areas -- trailer parks everywhere, Appalachian mountains, Wasilla, AK, and in Dick Cheney's bunker.

Posted by: JBGJRESQ | April 7, 2009 6:23 PM

What a sick and mean spirited idea. Why not substitute a reality show in which the laid off workers chose which executives at their former place of employment are selected to pay back their bonuses?

Posted by: n01cat | April 7, 2009 6:29 PM

No surprise here, folks. This is the same TV network that was going to show OJ's "If I Did It..." (well, almost).

Posted by: linux_fan | April 7, 2009 6:30 PM


That is a wonderful idea! Seriously, why not let the CEOs humiliate themselves for once?

Posted by: birdaa | April 7, 2009 6:31 PM

I wonder if the employees can sack the boss/owner. Never mind that, let 'em sack the network.

Posted by: gratefolks | April 7, 2009 6:32 PM

Instead of struggling companies, how about doing it with FOX employees?

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | April 7, 2009 6:44 PM

All it will take is ONE employee to refuse to sign the waiver. If all the employees are not involved, it won't work. And they can't put the info out there or even talk about the person without the waiver.

Posted by: epjd | April 7, 2009 6:47 PM

Fox is pathetic

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 7, 2009 6:47 PM

If you don't like the idea or Fox, just don't watch it. They put forth this crap, because people watch it and therefore there is money to be made.

I don't own a tv, but if I did, I wouldn't watch any reality tv shows. Why? Because it's crap. I'm trying to "be the change you want to see in the world".

So quit judging and complaining. Dump your tvs or just don't watch that crap. Lead by example.

Posted by: hdawnivy | April 7, 2009 7:11 PM

This is just about the most unprofessional thing I've ever heard of.

But I have no doubt that it will get good ratings, based exclusively on schadenfreude.

Posted by: AhhWoo | April 7, 2009 7:13 PM

It will never make it on the air.....too many legal issues.

Posted by: rkmfcca | April 7, 2009 7:14 PM

From the title, it sounded like Fox was sacking their own employees on a reality program to try and boost their numbers. That would have been far more entertaining. The program that they are actually working on sounds awful.

Posted by: jackrussell252521 | April 7, 2009 7:34 PM

So Rupert Murdoch, Fox News owner and one of America's elite Top 1%, is going to get richer by exploiting the victims of an economic disaster that he helped create.

Gives a whole new meaning to "the rich get richer while the poor get poorer".


Posted by: DEFJAX | April 7, 2009 7:34 PM

Wow. If this show is a hit, just the last month of the Obammy depression will yield 10,000 YEARS of first run TV shows.

Posted by: Fiftycaltx | April 7, 2009 7:41 PM

Hey, how about a show where we viewers can vote FOX executives and on-screen personalities out of their jobs?

Posted by: dottie_b | April 7, 2009 7:42 PM

This a tasteless mockery of our painful reality, verging on cruel, but I am not an expert on how these things work, but wouldn't all the "Actors" get paid?

Posted by: yarbrougharts | April 7, 2009 7:43 PM

Or how about a show where one hundred people are chosen randomly from around the US and they get to vote on Fox News' claim that they are "fair and balanced." If more people than not vote that's a blatant lie, then Fox News goes dark forever and Limbaugh's inbred cousins in their line-up including Hannity, O'Reilly, Reed, North, Rove, Liddy, Huckabee et. al. moving to Paraguay with Old Chimpie and are banned from writing more right-wing hate columns for Fred Hiatt?

Posted by: coloradodog | April 7, 2009 8:11 PM

I'm more worried about the millions that will make the show a hit than a handful of creative people that came up with the idea.

I don't believe I'll ever understand what makes professional wrestling a top spot but I know it is. ...

Posted by: James10 | April 7, 2009 8:35 PM

Isn't Mike Darnell the fellow who gave us "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire"?

Posted by: mattintx | April 7, 2009 8:37 PM

Wow. Is this somebody's totally twisted way of trying to get more productivity our of their employees?

Sick. Just sick.

Posted by: Tootsumi | April 7, 2009 9:01 PM

I would boycott the companies that want to take part in this Quasimodo spectacle. Seriously.

Posted by: wturecki | April 7, 2009 9:04 PM

did anyone notice that they referred to Dunder Mifflin as a "Small" employer. In "reality", DM is a midsize corporation with HQ in NYC and about a dozen branches, like the one in Scranton.

Meanwhile, this ranks right up there with "Who wants to marry a multimillionare".

Posted by: gso-chris | April 7, 2009 9:09 PM

hannity,oreilly,rove gingerich,this could be fun lay them all off. but it is a sick thought.i believe this would be the only network to consider it.probably be a hit. i they watch oreilly and hannity.these watchers are afraid .and these guys keep up the scare tactic. i know they get a large audience.but i know noone in the 30-50 age group that admits watching these guys.i believe their group is 70-dead

Posted by: donaldtucker | April 7, 2009 9:35 PM

The most pathetic thing is the number of low-brow viewers who will actually line up to watch this debacle. Never underestimate the depravity of the public! After all, look at all of the morons watching Idol and Apprentice!

Posted by: curious606 | April 7, 2009 9:43 PM

The Faux network, once again scraping THE BOTTOM OF THE BUCKET.


All the while laughing on the way to the bank with higher ratings than nearly all the other networks combined. LMAO

Posted by: Straightline | April 7, 2009 10:06 PM

"rein in" not "reign in"

Time for a vocabulary refresher.

Posted by: madinnj | April 7, 2009 10:08 PM

Sounds like a great Ethical show! It won't be long before Fox is asking for a bail out.

Posted by: lucasrichardson | April 7, 2009 10:17 PM

FOX and other outlets like FOX are ugly manifestations of what is terrible wrong with society, and scums like Murdoch want to profit from it.

Posted by: kevin1231 | April 7, 2009 10:20 PM

How quintessentially Fox. I guess that is one of the several reasons I eschew the broadcast networks.

Posted by: perfgeek | April 7, 2009 10:20 PM

Ugly. Hideous. To Fox, human misery and suffering are just things to be exploited for profit.

My hope is that someday we can witness the collapse of the Fox media empire. Should this happen, I might tune in to watch.

Posted by: BwanaDik | April 7, 2009 10:26 PM

I have an idea, let's start our own show about which zionist P.O.S. gets tortured on live camera...heck that one would be a hit on PPV.

Posted by: unojklhh1 | April 8, 2009 10:10 AM

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