It's hard not to feel jealous of the contestants on Fire Me... Please. The CBS hidden-camera show (Tuesdays, 9 pm/ET) features freshly hired employees trying to get themselves fired for a $25,000 prize. These baristas and salesclerks let loose and loony at work, acting out many a low-wage toiler's revenge fantasy, while host Dave Holmes secretly watches all the dramedy go down from a nearby van. The former MTV personality — himself a runner-up in the music channel's reality experiment Wanna Be a VJ — tells TVGuide.com why his new gig is worth holding on to.
TVGuide.com: Had you been looking to do reality TV before you landed Fire Me?Dave Holmes: Sure. For a while, it just seemed like every [reality show] was [about] having your face put back together or doing something really mean to somebody. This is funny and smart and not mean.
TVG: Do you really spend the whole day in the van while the contestants are
From the sublime to the ridiculous, we've got the goods on the latest crop of new reality shows. Trailer makeovers? Check. Will & Grace's "Just Jack" slumming it on Bravo in the dead of August? Check. Pauly Shore's resurrection from the dead... on TBS?! Check, mates. You've gotta get a load of this!
Fire Me... Please (CBS, premieres tomorrow, 9 pm/ET)
"The Bizarro Apprentice": Each week contestants do their damnedest to get fired.
The Cut (CBS, premieres Thursday, 8pm/ET)
Aspiring designers compete to work for picky, pint-size fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
Minding the Store (TBS, premieres July 17, 10 pm/ET)
Pauly Shore takes over his mother's legendary laugh house, the Comedy Store.
Situation: Comedy (Bravo, premieres August 2, 8 pm/ET)
Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner turn the pilot-season pitching ritual into a reality competition.