My jaw hit the floor the other day when I chanced upon an Animal Planet series called Who Gets the Dog? Here's the setup: A dog from a shelter spends one day with each of three families. In that time, the families try to bond with dog as much as possible and teach it some simple commands. After the day is up, the dog is yanked from the family in a tearful good-bye. Then a panel of three "experts"--including one vet (who, judging by her accent, comes from the same country as Balki on Perfect Strangers), David Letterman's ex-girlfriend, and another guy I couldn't quite figure out--determine who gets the dog. It was painful. Really painful.
In related news, Fox will soon be using the same setup in a show called Who Gets the Kid? starring an adorable orphan from Kazakhstan. It will be airing after that other hot new reality show, Who Wants to Hump My Mom?