Always Remember: Someone is Responsible for “Work It”
Projects and presentations are a common occurrence in the workplace. They take time, effort, and some creativity to really hit a home run. You never really know what your superiors will think until after everything is all said and done. This tends to be the reason why anxiety levels increase just before you click “send” or stand up in front of the podium.
Obviously you will have some successes and the occasional major failure. Most try to avoid the latter option. But what if one of those major failures somehow slips through the cracks, and moves forward even though the majority knows it will be a complete disaster?
We bring you “Work It” on ABC.
Not only are the pilot reviews awful, but the new TV Series scored a whopping 3.1 on IMDb. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it is based on two unemployed car salesman that believe dressing up as women is the best way to secure a job. They refer to a “mancession” and mention that today is now a woman’s world. They dress as women during the day, and hit the bar at night as themselves (men).
With that said, let’s review its reception based on Wikipedia:
The series has garnered universally negative reviews. Metacritic gave it a score of 20/100 based on 21 “generally unfavorable” reviews. IGN gave the pilot episode a score of “0″, the first review since 1998 from the company to get a score of “0″. USA Today also did not give it an enthusiastic review, giving it only one out of four stars. The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reviewer compared the show unfavorably to Bosom Buddies, which had a similar premise.  The AV Club gave the pilot an F, stating, “Let’s just get this out of the way first: Work It is awful. The grade should indicate that. But it’s fascinatingly awful, in that way where you wonder how the hell something like this got on TV in the year 2012.” Alan Pergament, formerly of The Buffalo News, expressed surprise that the show even made it to air, stating “I do recall I couldn’t get those 22 minutes of my life back. It was so unfunny and forced that I suspected it would never air.”
So what is the moral of the story?
It’s simple. Sometimes your “great ideas” can slip through the corporate cracks and make it mainstream. If a lot of people give you negative feedback, it might be a good idea to accept it. The last thing you want is to be out of a job and be known as the “Work It” writer who did the complete opposite when it came to TV ratings.