“Someone’s Gotta Go,” a reality show Fox developed three years ago, was to focus on a struggling company where employees would “lay off” one of their own, in hopes of keeping the company afloat. Obviously, this wasn’t well received in a struggling economy and never made it on to the small screen. Thought Fox would just scrap it? Think again.
Fox and producer Endemol USA have revisited the idea and come up with changes they think will make this more acceptable to the public, a public living in a struggling economy. Fox is reportedly close to ordering four episodes of the reworked – “Does Someone Have To Go?”
So what’s changed? For starters, the show will no longer focus on financially struggling companies, but instead will focus on dysfunctional offices – successful or not. While employees will still have the final say of who should be let go, the company doesn’t actually have to fire them at the end of the day. Following me? Ya, I’m not sure I am either.
While there is no airdate yet set for this show, Fox plans on airing it this season. The original version shot documentary style, like The Office, and it appears this style will be brought back to the new format. Employees initially got to see what everyone makes, read HR files and share their thoughts about one another. Employees then voted on who should be axed and the worker left with a “small severance.” Back in 2009, Fox President for Alternative Programming, Mike Darnell, noted this is “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.”
Is Trump going to stop by to fire someone? Sound off on this idea below and in our forums! I will say it’s a sad world where this show get a green light to move forward and quality like So You Think You Can Dance stays in limbo. But I digress…Let’s hear what you have to say!