by Kevin Allman
The Fox network is letting employees of some troubled small businesses decide which one of their colleagues will be laid off and turning the results into a reality show.
The series, "Someone's Gotta Go," is in production, but Fox wouldn't say on Wednesday when it would go on the air.
Each episode will feature a company with about 15 or 20 employees that needs to cut costs because of the economy. Instead of the boss deciding who is fired, the company will open its books to show everyone's salaries and let the employees make the call.
In an inverse to "The Apprentice," the chosen one loses, instead of gets, a job....
Creator Mike Darnell, whose other credits include When Animals Attack! and Temptation Island, says he "envisions it as a story about employee empowerment," and...
Darnell said he wasn't concerned about the emotional fallout in a workplace after "Someone's Gotta Go," where an employee might be left to work with a colleague they'd just said on national television should be fired.
"Sounds like good reality television," he said. "You just described a good concept for a reality TV show."