Luckily, the AOL TV team is here with a few recession-themed reality and game shows that would tap into our collective "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" feelings about the debt crisis. You're welcome in advance, TV execs. Please send royalty checks c/o AOL TV.
'Dunk the Boss and Resign'
Players take turns chucking softballs at an aluminum target. When they connect, their boss gets plunged into a tank of icy water. Up side: Revenge is sweet! Down side: Time to figure out how COBRA works.
'Take the Banker and Run'
Players are tasked with plotting a successful kidnapping, stealing a banker away from his summer beach getaway and smuggling him into the attic of a foreclosed home. Cameras follow the action in the attic for 48 hours, as all parties slowly realize that no one is bothering to mount a rescue effort.
'Slash the Budget and Shut Up'
Useless Congresspeople are swapped out with everyday Americans, who make sensible decisions about which programs are useful and which are a waste of money, enact the appropriate cuts, and manage to get home in time for 'Jeopardy.'
'Bounce That Check!'
Players travel cross-country seeing how many checks they can kite before the bank catches up with them (with hilarious results)
'Whose Debt is it Anyway?'
Suze Orman hosts the game show where friends and neighbors use improv to work out which debt belongs to which person. The winner gets their debts paid off by the show's sponsor (a US corporation registered in the Cayman Islands for tax reasons).
'Top Debt Ceiling'
A team of congressmen have to work separately and in teams to work out answers to simple politicial and economic quandries via a series of quickfire and elimination challenges. Each week they're judged by a panel of experts -- their constituents -- and the eliminated contestant is sent home to find out they've lost their seat in congress.
'The $100,000 Pyramid Scheme'
Contestants race to recruit their friends and loved ones to invest their life savings in a sham hedge-fund. The winner receives a partial ownership stake in the New York Mets. Losers receive a 10-year sentence in a minimum security prison.
'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
We do. Where have you gone, Regis?
And let's not forget hidden-camera show 'America's Funniest Foreclosures.'
Tell us: Do you have any debt-themed reality show ideas that would be more interesting than 'Take the Money and Run?'