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Fox follows through with plans to put unaired 'My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss' episodes online


By Reality TV World staff, 01/14/2005 

Fox announced today that beginning shortly, viewers will be able to watch the five remaining unaired episodes of its canceled My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss reality parody series for free via its Fox.com website.

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Additionally, beginning January 17, the entire eight-episode run of Playing It Straight, the Spring 2004 reality "gaydar" series that the network pulled from the airwaves after only three broadcasts, will be available for online pay-per-view viewing.

Fox's announcement follows last week's decision to cancel its previous plans to return My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss from its four-week hiatus beginning January 16.

Produced as a ten episode series, My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss' five unaired episodes will begin with its seven remaining business-savvy finalists enduring more absurd pranks and competing in silly sales schemes for what they still believe is the job of a lifetime at billion-dollar company IOCOR. As fake boss Mr. N. Paul Todd continues his absurdity, more of his "family" will be reintroduced and challenges will include creating art from hot garbage and an ad campaign for cosmetic surgery for the deceased. In the end, Todd's secret "mystery boss" will be revealed and the finalists will discover that the competition's only reward is a $250,000 cash prize.

While Monday's release will mark the first time that Playing It Straight's remaining episodes are made available for viewing, it won't represent viewers' first chance to find out how the series ended. Back in July, the network posted episode synopses for Playing It Straight's remaining episodes on it's Fox.com website.

According to Daily Variety, Playing It Straight's eight episodes will be priced at $1.99 each, with a pay-per-view "boxed set" of the series also available for $9.99. Fox's move is believed to mark the first time that a network has offered entire episodes of a television series for pay-per-view online viewing. Internet video-on-demand company CinemaNow will power the service.

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