Be the Boss
A&E, Dec. 2, 10 p.m. ET/PT
In times as economically tough as these, Be the Boss is employment porn. Each week two contestants, both working for the same company, vie for a promotion that turns out to be-ta-da!-their own franchise outlet. (Participating companies include Auntie Anne’s, maker of soft pretzels, and the cleaning service Molly Maid.) The premiere, with a Complete Nutrition franchise as the prize, is full of soft, unexciting face-offs that belong in a corporate-orientation film. I have never so longed for Donald Trump and his pompous squint.
truTV, Fridays, 9 p.m. ET/PT
Extreme-sport karaoke apparently is an idea whose time has come-someday maybe we’ll have opera baritones on Wipeout. Jackass star Steve-O hosts this idiotic but highly watchable show on which contestants sing pop songs in the midst of Fear Factor obstacles. My favorite challenge on the premiere had a young man forced to wear vision-distorting goggles and balloons while walking through a garden of cacti. (His musical selection: “You Are So Beautiful.”) There was a python too. Asked by Steve-O how he liked the trip, he answered, “It was [bleeping] terrible, man!” Exactly as it should be.
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