It's been lying around for some time, but I just saw the pilot of the CodeRoom, the TV reality show for developers that Microsoft is currently promoting.
Inside an intercity warehouse sits a desk, a laptop, and a few partially charged batteries. Three attendees are taken to The Code Room by host Jessi Knapp, following a free developer seminar and asked to complete a complex software challenge. With limited battery power, they must achieve the impossible – design and develop an commerce website in just a few hours.
After 30 minutes of boring show that is actually a commercial for Visual Studio 2005 I must say I'm deeply disappointed. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but there is just no way watching two guys and a girl, typical uncool developers clicking wizards on a laptop screen with HUGE fonts and no room for code could be fun.
The only good part was that I instantly spotted typical things about almost every developer working in a team:
we all want to code and have out hands on a computer, not stand in the back and watch,
when we are not coding and just trying to tell something to a guy/girl coding, we get a real urge to grab a mouse and click,
no one wants to design user interface,
we just want to code the stuff we know, if possibly more than was requested and just get it over with the stuff we don't know.
But nevertheless I suggest you check it out. You can watch it on-line or download.