Of course, Joe Schmo
2 wouldn't be complete without a gay connection.
Aside from rampant silliness, part of the intrigue underlying "Joe Schmo
" involves taking an ostensibly nice, ordinary fellow and seeing what ridiculous stunts he'll perform in the name of "playing the game." In that respect, it's one of the few reality shows with an overt social-science component, much like "Candid Camera," except here, it's what somebody will do with $100,000 on the line when they actually know people are watching.
He's no Dirty Harry, he's just a Joe Schmo
on the right side of justice, but the wrong side of the law.
Screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (of Spike TV series' "Invasion Iowa" and "The Joe Schmo
Show") has scattered funny lines and situations.
"He handles every client like they're Joe Schmo
off the street.
Spike may not have found a hit beyond the first season of "The Joe Schmo
Show," but teaming with "Project Greenlight" producers Live Planet and the Rev.
Spike lured young men over with its reality TV parody "The Joe Schmo
Show." Even FX recently got in the game with a pair of pilots fast-tracking to production.
And now that the genre has been spoofed on the likes of Spike's "Joe Schmo
2," you get the feeling that the well has been tapped dry.
Given the monster numbers generated by Spike TV's "The Joe Schmo
Show," which situated a reality contestant into an entirely fictional "Big Brother"/"Survivor" hybrid, Liguori says he expects "Todd TV" to continue the cabler's momentum in producing buzzworthy shows.
Spike TV's new fall entry "The Joe Schmo
Show" takes back the reality genre for fiction-loving folk, proving reality and creative talent don't have to be mutually exclusive.