Picks and Pans Review: I Hate My Job

UPDATED 11/22/2004 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/22/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

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What to do after you've run for President? For the Reverend Al Sharpton, hosting this new reality series is a dubious career move.

The premise: Eight guys who bemoan their unexciting jobs get a shot at their dream gigs if they impress Sharpton and life coach Stephanie Raye. (The contest can have more than one winner.) Initial tests trimmed the field in the Nov. 9 opener—goodbye to that handyman who wanted to be a hockey coach—though Sharpton insisted, "I really, really don't want to send nobody home." Sorry, Reverend, but reality TV requires eliminations, as well as pointless physical challenges. The four survivors in the second episode have to climb a telephone pole, then jump for a ring hanging 50 feet in the air. Sharpton doesn't bother watching this; in fact, the celebrated speechmaker looks bored whenever he's not talking.

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