Sorry. This isn’t much of a Review of Undercover Boss, because it didn’t really engage me.
Reckon this one is going to struggle here.
This is one of those American reality shows that seems a better fit on a cable channel because it is so darned US of A. You know the drill, loud credits and voice-over trying to pique your interest in something you really have zero interest in. Cut to some charmed-life CEO, cut to factory workers in midtown America, cut to me reaching for my remote…
The first episode features Larry O’Donnell, the President and C.O.O. of Waste Management, working alongside employees sorting cardboard, collecting paper, working on the garbage trucks and yes, cleaning portaloos (eww). Where is Kenny when you need him?
It’s essentially Secret Millionaire in the workplace, and similarly passes itself off as filming a doco about entry-level jobs to get access.
Because we are not familiar with either the company, or the boss undercover, it’s pretty hard to connect. Even more so when it is in 4:3 (thanks CBS). If it had a weekly character a la Supernanny it might be more engaging, but the premise doesn’t allow for that.
When it moves to 7:30pm Mondays TEN this could have real problems. The second episode will be based at 7/11 (the busty Hooters restaurant chain episode will air last). And this is supposed to replace MasterChef? Big call…..I know it has been a hit in the States (debuting after Super Bowl) so maybe I am miscalling it. But this is the Australian market.
Might work in an Aussie format (which was promised an eternity ago) but this is just too American, perhaps we should have seen the British one first?
Undercover Boss premieres 9:30pm Sunday on TEN.