CBS Reality Show ‘The Job’ Cancelled For Being Too Depressing, Real
The new CBS reality series The Job has been cancelled and pulled from the schedule effective immediately.
The Job replaced Undercover Boss in the Friday 8pm slot and ran for a mere two episodes before bosses pulled the plug, reports Deadline. Undercover Boss will be back next Friday.
The Job, executive produced by Mark Burnett and Michael Davies, merely offered contestants the chance to get a job. That’s it. Not a high-paid Donald Trump job, not a $10,000 cash prize as well as a job, just a job. The show debuted with a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, 53 percent below Undercover Boss‘s season premiere in November. Then, The Job dropped to 0.7 for its second and final episode.
So what happened?
The Job has received a fair share of mockery since its inception. Hank Stuever of The Washington Post called the program “despertainment,” and found it “offensive” amid 12 million Americans out of work. That’s not just reality TV, that’s reality.
It wasn’t such a bad little show, or even a bad premise. It was just too depressing and too real.
MSN‘s Corey Levitan says it best. He writes, “the reason most of us watch TV is to escape our realities, and The Job instead rubbed our faces into them.It consistently reminded us of how sad the state of our economy must be when the most impossible-to-attain prize a competition show can think to award is a middle-class job to someone who is completely qualified for it.”
Did you watch The Job? What did you think of it?