×

The Job

Despite the high unemployment rate, the folks responsible for CBS' "The Job" are all gainfully employed, and based on the shrewd manner in which this reality competition is assembled, it's not hard to figure out why.

With:
With: Lisa Ling.

Despite the high unemployment rate, the folks responsible for CBS’ “The Job” are all gainfully employed, and based on the shrewd manner in which this reality competition is assembled, it’s not hard to figure out why. Drawing from various reality franchises as each hour whittles down five candidates to a main winner, the show dangles lifelines to also-rans as well, a bit like A&E’s “Be the Boss.” Mostly, “The Job” plays like a clever throwback to TV’s youth, perhaps not surprising given one of the masterminds, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire’s” Michael Davies, brought the quizshow back to primetime.

Taking the place of “Undercover Boss,” the program offers a flip side to the job-seeking riddle, with the contenders essentially auditioning to a trio of execs from a company (in the premiere, the Palm restaurants) in front of a studio audience. Test one involves how they performed in a field tryout, using video that’s shown and then analyzed, before a quiz and eventually an “interview.”

Still, it would be too neat and easy to wrap things up there, so “The Job” adds layers of intrigue, among them execs from rival companies in the same business, on hand to potentially poach candidates they deem promising. On top of that, some contestants have sob stories to tell, injecting a little “Queen for a Day” into the opening hunt for an assistant manager’s position.

Finally, the show weaves in interstitial “Job tips” from the execs, such as counseling what to do (or not do) in an interview. That adds a conscious educational element to the proceedings, which already prompt viewers to contemplate both sides of the equation — considering what they might do to land the job, and who they might hire.

The find-a-job challenge here is more relatable than something like “Shark Tank,” since there are far more working stiffs out there than budding entrepreneurs. The cheering studio crowd also adds an old-time panel-show feel to the festivities, while the prospect of more than one winner softens some of the cruelty or potential disappointment (though there’s still some of that, naturally) in missing out.

Hosted with understated efficiency by Lisa Ling, “The Job” manages to tap into concerns about high unemployment without being ghoulish about it. And while most unscripted concepts that attempt to be timely come with a built-in expiration date, for now, “Job,” consider yourself hired.

The Job

Production: Credits: Produced by Embassy Row in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers, Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett, Michael Davies; director, Joe DeMaio. 60 MIN.

Cast: With: Lisa Ling.

More TV

  • The New York Times Building NYC

    The New York Times' Made-for-TV Endorsement Missed the Mark (Column)

    At some point during the New York Times’s special endorsement episode of its branded series “The Weekly,” the paper’s editorial board muses on the manner in which Donald Trump has changed how we envision what a potential president could look like. After the brief and energetic snippet we’re shown of a visit from candidate Andrew [...]

  • Jennifer Aniston accepts the award for

    SAG Awards: Jennifer Aniston Lands Apple TV Plus Its First Major Hollywood Win

    Apple TV Plus is on the board. The new streaming service won its first major Hollywood honor on Sunday, as “The Morning Show” star Jennifer Aniston picked up a SAG Award for best female actor in a drama. The win capped a busy Sunday for the streaming service, which held its first-ever presentation at the [...]

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

    'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Music: How the Italian Tuba March Found Its Way to Larry David

    When “Curb Your Enthusiasm” returns for its much-anticipated 10th season it does so with it a musical theme that’s a prime example of recognizable sonic branding and has become synonymous with comedy in our complicated times: “Frolic” by composer Luciano Michelini. But surprisingly, this comic march for tuba, mandolin and piano wasn’t specifically written for [...]

  • Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jeong-eun,

    SAG Awards 2020: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

    The Screen Actors Guild Awards are always the first peer group ceremony of the new year, giving those who make films and television series the chance to celebrate each other. Going into the 26th annual ceremony, which took place Jan. 19, the nominees were a mix of industry veterans and beloved favorite and some newer-comers, [...]

  • Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile backstageAmericana

    Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile Set as Dynamic Duo for Grammys

    Country legend Tanya Tucker and her producer, Brandi Carlile, will perform together on the Grammys  in one week, both singers announced on their respective social media accounts Sunday. Wrote Carlile: “Let’s. do. this.” (One of the first responses on Carlile’s Instagram came from a fellow Seattle musician, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron: “Hell yes!”) “I wanted you [...]

  • The Mandalorian Baby Yoda

    Baby Yoda Roots for Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game

    Baby Yoda is a Cheeesehead. Disney chief Bob Iger tapped the breakout star of “The Mandalorian” to show his support for the Green Bay Packers just as the NFL’s NFC Championship Game got underway on Sunday evening. The Packers are battling the San Francisco 49ers for a shot at the Super Bowl. The Kansas City [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content