Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Reality TV Confronts Reality

Undercover Boss is mostly predictable fantasy, with the guy who is in charge of a company getting a bit of comeuppance as he pretends to be one of the guys on what passes these days as reality on tv. He gains insight into his corporation; the company gets great advertising on a highly rated show; and viewers get a chance to belittle the big guy, while also seeing him more as one of them.

So, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, wasted hour ... until now. In the recent Michael Rubin episode, the CEO of outsourced online shopping sites, has to face employees who clearly care about their kids. He might truly love his three-year-old girl, but his megahour work weeks certainly don't make that clear. He needs insights into his family life. Maybe he really should go on "Undercover Dad"?

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