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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?


emalove emalove 8 years
No, way too depressing! I like to escape when I watch TV.
Tech Tech 8 years
Sounds like a huge bummer.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
oh, so it's a reality show??? hell to the no.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
no. i'm finishing university just now and i have enought of freaking out as it is. and i kind of hate when shows like CSI and others incorporate bad economy because it's depressing for me (violent crimes aren't obviously ;) ) but hey that's reality and i can take it in small doses in my lovely shows, but a whole show devoted to that. Eff that. Nobody's going to watch that.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
It doesn't surprise me that Fox would do a show like this. I remember being appalled but still watching the show they had where you were hooked up to the lie detector and they would ask you devastating questions in front of your family.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
FOX can go real bottom of the barrel with their reality TV can't they? Seriously I would watch a serious (drama) non-reality based show regarding a tough economy. This just seems exploitative and not something that should be celebrated.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
NO! Its alreay all over the tv! Its not a reality show, it is REALITY.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
Regardless of the economic state, I am appalled that FOX would ever make a show that is so flippant towards anyone's livelihood.
misshouston misshouston 8 years
Egad, what a horrible idea.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
No thanks.
stephley stephley 8 years
For 'entertainment' you pit people against each other for much needed jobs in a recession and the producers will be manipulating things behind the scenes to make sure the show gets plenty of attention... it just keeps getting worse.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
No. There's a reason I don't watch the news or even use my TV. And I wouldn't watch something on Fox.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
I use entertainment for its original intent... to entertain and escape reality. If I wanted to hear about how horrible our economy is, and how its just going to get worse and more depressing, I'd watch the news or turn off the TV and live my life!
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