In Praise of the CW’s Musical Chair Show, Oh Sit!

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Yesterday at TCA, the CW announced that its previously announced musical chair show – first known as Extreme Musical Chairs, and now called Oh Sit! — would be moving forward, with a 10-episode series planned for the summer. Are you laughing already? You are laughing already.

Look, sure, you can knock the CW for this one. “A musical chair show? They really must have run out of ideas!”, you are probably wisely remarking to your friends or loved ones right now. And to that I say — yes. Yes, they have run out of ideas. But they ran out of ideas a long time ago. Meaning: A musical chair show was inevitable. It just took a man or woman — courageous enough to do what they know needs to be done, even in the face of mockery and contempt and scorn — to finally greenlight that musical chair show. And that man or woman was whoever runs the CW. I applaud you, person of CW, for recognizing that the industry has long been in a downward slide towards musical chair show, and having the fortitude to get there first.

Also, it doesn’t sound that dumb? It actually just sounds like Wipeout. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “contestants will race through five obstacle course-style eliminations as they compete to claim a chair, all set to music. At the end of each hour-long episode, the remaining contestant will win a cash prize.” The CW’s description is more badass: “20 thrill-seeking daredevils [racing] head to head through five physically demanding, obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair, to the sounds of a live band.” A live band! Surely, Oh Sit! will soon become the new version of the Peach Pit/The Bait Shop, and will showcase a rotating pool of the hottest bands working. Imagine attractive young daredevils dive-tackling one another for seats as Girls’ dreamy indie-pop rings out and suddenly stops. What? Yes, that does sound great.

Finally: have you ever played musical chairs? It is fucking intense. And super fun.

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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