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Would You Watch TV Shows About the Current Economy?


I'm used to seeing a fair amount of bizarre TV news, but this story actually made my jaw drop: Fox is turning layoffs into a reality show called Someone's Gotta Go. The idea behind the show, which could be on the air as soon as Summer, is that employees of small companies will gather to decide which of them should be fired. "That person will likely receive a small severance," Variety writes, "but that's it."

That show seems particularly cruel (would Fox ever put itself up for a show like this? I know one guy some people would like to fire right now), but it's just one of a growing number of shows about the current economy that could be making their way to TV before long. A grand total of seven shows — all either reality shows or comedies — are already in the works, ranging from a comedy about friends who all get fired on the same day to a reality show about entrepreneurs begging for a bailout. It seems like an odd choice when a lot of us are craving lighter fare these days, but maybe there's something to the idea of laughing at our woes — or watching people who have it even worse. So tell me: Would you watch TV shows about the current economy?

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