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Greenlit: The Joe Schmo Show, Spike TV

The Joe Schmo Show (10 x 60′) – This series features one real guy who believes he is on a new, over-the-top reality show looking for America’s next bounty hunter, but in reality is actually surrounded entirely by actors.  His cast-mates are a motley crew of reality show clichés including Lorenzo Lamas, playing himself, who must do their best under these unusual circumstances to follow a pre-determined outline.

One of television’s biggest and riskiest experiments once again looks to discover how a reality contestant would react to encountering a show filled with every outlandish element reality television has showcased.  How far can producers push this ‘reality,’ and the ensuing ridiculous competitions? And of course, will the actors be convincing enough or will the unsuspecting “contestant” figure it all out? The original season of The Joe Schmo Show debuted on Spike in September 2003 and was among television’s first faux reality series, and ne of the highest rated series in the history of Spike; the finale drew 3.4 million viewers.

The true hero of the show undoubtedly is the “Joe,” Chase Rogan, who demonstrates a keen sense of integrity and humanity, even under duress from the absurd predicaments he finds himself in.

Chase Rogan is an all around good guy.  This 28-year-old Pennsylvania native and sports fanatic lives in Pittsburgh with his wife.  A certified professional agronomist, he owns and operates his own business, PureTurf Consulting, LLC.  Always up for a good time and adventure, Chase willingly submitted a casting video of himself to be on a new competition reality show.

In this installment,  Chase believes he has been cast as one of several contestants in a new reality-competition series where the winner will become a bounty hunter.  He’ll face an assortment of bounty hunting-related challenges, from learning how to defuse a bomb to interrogating a hostile witness, totally oblivious to the fact that all the crazy situations he is placed in are scripted.  Ralph Garman reprises his role from the first two “Joe Schmo” seasons as the show “host” along with a cast that showcases stereotypical reality show participants, ranging from a ditsy model to the self-absorbed, attention-grabbing jerk and from a classic overachiever to an ex-con whose found God.

Fans are encouraged to join in the “The Joe Schmo Show” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #JoeSchmo.  Character and actor biographies, photo galleries, blog posts, full episodes and video exclusives can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Joe Schmo” destination online at joeschmo.spike.com.

Channel: Spike TV

Producer: Zoo Productions

TX: 8th January 2013

Source: Spike TV press release

Nicola Lees (8807 Posts)

I have worked in the media - radio & TV, production and post-production - for more than fifteen years. I have extensive experience as a TV development producer, and have originated, developed, written and pitched proposals for award-winning documentaries, docu-dramas and interactive TV events for a range of UK and US channels, including BBC, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel and Science Channel. I'm the founder of TVMole.com, a website that provides industry intelligence to help TV professionals and aspiring filmmakers get their programme ideas commissioned. I've written two books for Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury: Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot! Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project (2012) Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch (2010) I've produced industry panels for Televisual's Intelligent Factual Festival (2010) and am a regular speaker at universities and film festivals (e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest, Open City Docs Fest, Northern Nights Film Festival, Televisual Intelligent Factual Festival, Broadcast Video Expo). I've served on several film festival juries, including: FD4W International Film Festival, WFTV Awards, Northern Nights Film Festival and TV Collective Film Night at Portobello Film Festival.


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