It is two and out for CBS‘ new reality series The Job, which is being pulled from the schedule effective immediately. The show The Job replaced in the Friday 8 PM slot, Undercover Boss, will resume its run in the hour next Friday. The Job, executive produced by Mark Burnett and Michael Davies, offered contestants a chance to get a job. It debuted with an underwhelming 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, 53% below the November season premiere of Undercover Boss. The Job dropped even further to a 0.7 rating last Friday before being yanked.
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Reality TV megaproducer Mark Burnett may have caused a few eyes to widen this morning during a TCA panel promoting the new midseason CBS business competition series The Job (premiering February 8th) when he said at the outset of the discussion that the series “proves a kinder approach on television does work.” This, from the man who helped to pioneer the reality competition genre with the cutthroat Survivor, which launches its astonishing 26th cycle this year. “No one’s ripped down” in The Job, Burnett went on. “America doesn’t want to see people ripped down.” The Job gives candidates from around the country a chance to win positions at top companies. Hosted by Lisa Ling, each episode features a handful of candidates who endure several rounds of elimination challenges before a panel of executives while competing for their dream job. After the panel, Burnett was asked to elaborate on his “kinder, gentler” declaration and he maintained that the bigger point he was trying to make was that shows designed to make people look foolish — as American Idol helped turn into an art form — are simply no longer in vogue and helps explain the big success of programs like The Voice and Shark Tank. “I just don’t think that watching public humiliation is cool (anymore),” Burnett stressed. “In …
CBS has set another piece in its midseason schedule, announcing a February 8 premiere for new reality competition series The Job, which is getting the Friday 8 PM slot. CBS was expected to slot the series produced by Michael Davies and Mark Burnett in the Friday 8 PM hour when the network earlier this month opted to keep Undercover Boss in the slot for the entire season. The Job will now help fill up the time period with originals, subbing for Undercover Boss, which will return to the schedule April 19. What is more interesting is that CBS will use the unproven The Job as a lead-in for the crucial first six airings on Friday of midseason drama Golden Boy, which will debut in its regular Friday 9 PM slot March 8 following two previews in the Tuesday 10 PM hour.
The Job gives candidates from around the country a chance to win positions at top companies. Hosted by Lisa Ling, each episode will feature five candidates participating in several rounds of elimination challenges before a panel of executives as they compete for their dream job. In addition to the episode’s featured company, representatives from three guest companies from related industries will have the opportunity to make an on-the-spot offer to one of the candidates, who must decide if they will accept the offer or remain in the running for the featured job.