I love a lot of reality shows, but some of these are getting pretty far-fetched...
Jobless Get Their Own Reality TV Show
Tue Oct 8, 5:38 AM ET
By Mary Sutter
MIAMI (Variety) - A controversial Argentinean reality TV show that pits unemployed people against each other could soon be adapted for TV stations around the world.
Sony Pictures Television Intl. has acquired the international format rights to `Human Resources` (Recursos humanos) in which jobless contestants compete for jobs, cash, prizes and employee benefits. Critics claim the show makes light of the tragedy of unemployment.
Similar formats, such as Hong Kong`s `Job Matchmaker,` are already out there; German cable channel Neun Live is prepping an unnamed show along the same lines. Before it even airs, critics are denouncing it as exploitative.
Sony defended its new acquisition. `In addition to its truly feel-good outcome, `Human Resources` also imparts valuable insights and guidance for anyone who will ever be looking for work,` said Steve Kent, the studio`s executive VP of international productions. `It`s a show where everybody wins, because even the losing contestant earns something which is a big help when you`re unemployed.`
`Human Resources` awards all contestants with health benefits just for being on the show as well as scholarships, home appliances and cash.