A new show on CBS called "The Job" will begin this Friday is a reality show featuring job seekers competing for jobs in various fields.
The show will debut at 7 p.m. EST and is inspired by the weaker job market. Lisa Ling will be the host of the show which features five hopefuls against one another as they interview and try out for a job. A panel of manager's evaluate them and eliminate them until there is a winner at the end of each episode.
"There is actually an environment to go and make business programs, which hasn't really existed before," said "Job" creator Michael Davies. His previous TV experience includes co-producing "The Glee Project,"
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"Her reason was that none of her friends who were seniors, not a single one of her friends graduating from a quite frightfully expensive college in the Northeast, had real jobs," Davies said. "It was pretty clear to me that after the crash, something was broken in the ecosystem of the idea that the best people were getting recruited to the best companies to get the best jobs."
However, the show has already attracted some criticism before its even aired.
" 'The Job' turns this massive human toll into spectacle, dangling the prospect of an unspecified mid-level position in front of desperate contestants, who degrade themselves by telling their most pathetic personal histories in the paradoxical quest to regain some dignity," writes Post TV critic Maureen Callahan.
The show's executive producer, Mark Burnett, who also developed the "Survivor" reality series, defends "The Job," saying that he believes it portrays "a kinder approach on television" and is nothing like "American Idol," which makes contestants look "foolish."