WASHINGTON, May 17, 2013 —Last year “Undercover Boss” won the Emmy for outstanding reality program; no small feat considering the number of shows on the air that fit into this category. The program did this by bucking the tradition of following the lives of one group of people for an entire season.
“Undercover Boss” features a different group of ordinary people every week. In doing this the show has avoided the need for money hungry producers to contrive enough drama to keep the show interesting; the primary pitfall of reality programming.
What the viewer gets instead is a quick peek inside the lives of every day people in every day jobs. There are no drunken antics or angry cast off lovers, just folks like us trying to get by.
The most compelling aspect of “Undercover Boss” is the underlying work ethic of the people on the show. There is usually one disgruntled and unproductive employee, but the vast majority of the workers go quietly about their jobs with inspiring dedication.
At the end of the show when we see these people rewarded for their efforts, it gives blue collar workers all over the country a moment of satisfaction. “Undercover Boss” reveals what most of America’s silent working majority already knows; most of us give an honest day’s work for our wages regardless of how small those wages may be.
While the wealthiest 2% loudly accuse the 98% of wanting something for nothing, the 98% are too busy keeping the country running to respond. As the gap between the richest and the poorest in this country increases, the top 2% needs to remember who they rely upon to keep them at the top.
If the peasants ever stop working long enough to look around and realize what is happening to them, God help all those bosses, undercover or not.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Shark Tank: (New) Two women pitch their military-inspired jewelry line; traditional British scone; custom furniture; door-to-door luggage pickup service; update on the Scrub Daddy cleaning tool.
CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) This special episode of Undercover Boss features updates on some of the most compelling bosses and how the undercover experience impacted them personally as well as the companies they lead.
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (Repeat) Chef Ramsay visits a family-owned Greek restaurant in Seattle, where the owner has refused to adapt to a changing neighborhood demographic and a reduction in business.
NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) In an all-new undercover investigation, Dateline NBC’s Chris Hansen reveals the hidden world of online classified ads.
CW: Nikita: (New) When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita (Maggie Q, “Mission Impossible III”) was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who trained her as a spy and assassin. Nikita was eventually betrayed by the only people she thought she could trust.
ABC: Shark Tank: (New) An app that provides international travelers with access to live translators; all-natural dog treats; a dating website designed to attract quality singles; gourmet grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches; Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (“Phineas and Ferb”).
CBS: Undercover Boss: (Repeat) Moe’s Southwest Grill president Paul Damico works undercover at his company.
FOX: Bones: (Repeat) A street artist who is plastering his work on a billboard falls into his glue—and onto a corpse—so the team try to get him unstuck from the remains as they also work to identify the body. Meanwhile, Booth takes a stab at stand-up comedy at a club’s open-mike night to look for suspects; and Angela finds herself attracted to the street artist.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) The eighth season ends with Crowley poised to undo all of the good that Sam and Dean have accomplished as hunters. But the Winchester brothers try one final play against the Demon King. Meanwhile, Metatron gets Castiel to help him take on Naomi and the bureaucracy of heaven.
ABC: 20/20: (New) People who quit their jobs in outrageous ways and captured it all on video; Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” talks about how to deal with an aggressive boss; a black market of stolen office supplies; secret career killers.
CBS: 48 Hours: (New) Unraveling the lies of Jodi Arias.
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams: (New) One woman’s death & chilling 911 call raises important questions in Dallas.
New episodes of:
How Nature Works at 8 p.m. on NGC
Sons of Guns at 9 p.m. on DSC
Flea Market Flip at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Blood Relatives at 9 p.m. on ID
Tanked at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
How We Invented the World at 9 p.m. on SCI
Da Vinci’s Demons at 9 p.m. on STARZ
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta at 9 p.m. on TLC
Wild West Alaska at 10 p.m. on DSC
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Maron at 10 p.m. on IFC
Merlin at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
I Found the Gown at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC
For movie lovers:
Firefox on AMC
Kissin’ Cousins on ENC
Captain Carolli’s Mandolin on FLIX
Cloverfield on FMC
Grown Ups on FX
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on HBO
The Hangover Part II on HBO
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on SHO
Ace in the Hole on TCM
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on TNT
About Cherry at 9 p.m. on TMC
2 Fast 2 Furious at 9 p.m. on TBS
The Watch at 9:15 p.m. on CINEMAX
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at 9:45 p.m. on SPIKE
Jumping the Broom at 10 p.m. on FX
Safe House at 10 p.m. on HBO
Our Idiot Brother at 10 p.m. on SHO
Top Banana at 10 p.m. on TCM
Vanity Fair at 10:10 p.m. on FLIX
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