Sundays, 9/8c, on FOX
Next Episode: Sunday, December 5th
Recaps by Evan D. Baltz
January 7, 2005
FOX has announced that it has decided once again to screw fans of one of it's shows. Boss has been cancelled with no plans to air the remaining episodes. FOX also announced that the unaired episodes will be available on their website. They made the same promise about Forever Eden. That promise is still unfulfilled as well.
Annette, a 24-year-old salesperson from Whippany, NJ
Christine, a 30-year-old salesperson from Austin, TX
Damian, 29-year-old entrepreneur from Chicago, IL
Daniel, 29-year-old finance manager from Dallas, TX
David, 25-year-old financial advisor from Atlanta, GA
Douglas, 24-year-old investment banker from Greenville, NC
Elli, a 26-year-old entertainment marketing company owner from Jacksonville, FL
Kerry, a 29-year-old marketing director from Jersey City, NJ
Michael, 34-year-old liquor salesperson from Reading, MA
Robert, 28-year-old mortgage broker from Middlesex, NJ
Tonia, a 35-year-old from San Marcos, TX who works in construction
Whitney, a 26-years-old sales director from Atlanta, GA
Episode 1 premieres on Sunday, November 7th at 9/8c on FOX. The first task for the wannbe millionaires and clueless contestants is panhandling in Chicago.
The question is being asked - Is this another case of FOX ripping off yet another show? And if so, which show? The Apprentice, The Benefactor, MTV's The Assistant, Joe Schmo or FOX's own My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancee? Wait a minute. Isn't The Benefactor a rip off of The Apprentice? And the same for The Assistant and doesn't Joe Schmo rip off everything there ever was. And isn't the upcoming Invasion Iowa a rip off of Joe Schmo. Both produced by Rhett Reese. And it's star, William Shatner of Star Trek....wait, Star Trek was a rip off of Wagon Train. Michael Moore, you need to do a movie about all this.
Boss premieres November 7th on FOX and involves twelve contestants who believe they are competing for a job with a company called Iocor. The company is run by egomaniacal Donald Trump.....opps, sorry, that was typo. It's run by N. Paul Todd. But that's ok, neither Iocor nor Todd exist. Todd is played by August Caimi or William August depending on either Variety or TV Guide. Could they be ripping off each other? Am I ripping them off? No matter, we get to see twelve people dumb enough to think being living paint ball targets is how you get a major executive position. The whole world is being Schmo'd and the ratings are up.
What FOX has to say about it:
FOX busts down the boardroom doors and invites viewers into the outrageous unscripted comedy MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS, a new series from the producers of the hit FOX reality spoof “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.” With business-oriented reality shows ripe for the picking and overly confident young entrepreneurs believing they can conquer the world, MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS gets down to funny business Sunday, Nov. 7 (9:00–10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
“What ‘My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé’ did for romance-reality, MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS will do for business-reality,” said Gail Berman, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “When we saw the footage, we realized it belongs on the funniest night on television, FOX’s Sunday night.”
This comical hybrid of scripted, improvisational and reality series stars “Mr. N. Paul Todd,” introduced as the founder and CEO of a multibillion-dollar company, IOCOR. The professional prank begins when 12 real contestants – young, overachieving, type-A business professionals – arrive in Chicago and begin competing in frustrating and ridiculous challenges. This dozen have the drive, self-assurance and ego that it takes to think they can jump to the top of the corporate ladder. They take their relationship with “Mr. Todd” and the competition seriously, plotting their strategies to win his approval, an enormous cash prize and a lucrative opportunity to join this powerful, yet unknown, investment organization.
The $250,000 cash prize is real, but that’s about it.
Unbeknownst to these “business savvy” participants, IOCOR is a fictitious company and “Mr. Todd” is really actor William August setting out to dupe the 12 know-it-all participants. As Steven Bailey did in “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé,” August uses his improvisational skills to test the limits of the unsuspecting candidates through unrealistic conversations, circumstances, and of course, questionable business challenges with humiliating consequences for the losing team.
Through a series of tasks, this phony climb to the top will feature unsuspecting teams utilizing their highly touted business backgrounds, educations and strategies to compete against each other. Each week, the losing team sends two finalists to the boardroom to plead their case with “Mr. Todd” before one of them is eliminated. What they don’t know is that “Mr. Todd” isn’t the one really making the decisions. It will remain a secret to the contestants until the last elimination that a mystery boss has actually been deciding their fate. In an eye-opening, jaw-dropping turn, the identity of the real boss will be the biggest surprise of all.
MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS BOSS is produced by Rocket Science Laboratories. Jean-Michel Michenaud and Chris Cowan serve as executive producers.
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