WE Network Adds To Reality Drama With ‘Downsized’

November 7th, 2010 - 8:04 pm ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
downNov 7, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The latest reality series to hit American TV screens is ‘Downsized’ that premiered on Saturday night. Though it is on similar lines as Lifetime’s ‘Fairy Jobmother’, it focuses on the struggle of one particular family in severe economic crisis. The series will run 8 episodes and going by the curiosity that the season premiere gathered, it looks like it could be an important show for WE network.

The show follows the life and struggles of the Bruce family. John Miller of WE network said that the show is the face of the economic issues of our times. Todd Bruce who used to run a successful construction business that raked in $1.5 million is suddenly seen strapped of cash and struggling to make ends meet for his extended family of 9. In the pilot, he is seen selling off his baseball kit in order to manage the month’s rent. His wife, Laura Bruce secretly asks her parents for money and three of the children look for bottles to trade for cash in trash. One of the children is also seen humiliated at a grocery store when her purchase through food stamps goes wrong. Bruce Todd tries to collect old debts in order to pay his house rent. There is also some intra-family drama considering that many of the children from the previous marriages of the couple live together.

The Bruce family lived a rather luxurious life earlier. With the economy collapsing around them and Todd Bruce’s business failing, they reacted too late to the crisis and thus ended up being strapped for cash all the time. The show is thus an eye-opener for all those who believe they can ride through economic crises with the help of credit cards.

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