SPIKE TV'S HIT SERIES "JOE SCHMO" RETURNS WITH
ALL NEW "FAUX" REALITY FUN
SPOOFING POPULAR RELATIONSHIP SHOWS
New Season Features Daring Twist of a Joe and Jane Schmo
" Joe Schmo 2" Premieres on Spike TV Tuesday, June 15 10:00 PM, ET/PT
DVD Release "The Joe Schmo Show: Season One Uncensored" Hits Retail Stores June 22
New York, NY, May 17, 2004 --- Spike TV's hit series returns in hilarious form with "Joe Schmo 2," premiering Tuesday, June 15 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Season one introduced American audiences to the next wave of reality programming, the "faux-reality" series where only one contestant was real. "Joe Schmo 2" not only features a "Joe Schmo," but in a daring twist, a "Jane Schmo" as well. Aside from "Joe" and "Jane," everyone else on the show, from the host to the other 'players,' are actors following a pre-determined storyline.
How will our two reality 'contestants' react to encountering a show filled with every outlandish element of reality TV? With so many reality shows out there, there is a wealth of stereotypes to choose from. How far can producers push this 'reality' a second time, and now with more than one "Schmo?" It's twice the fun, but twice the trouble. Will the actors be convincing enough? We saw from the first season that under pressure the actors sometimes fail to remember their fictitious life histories. Will our unsuspecting "contestants" figure it all out, and if they do, how will they react?
Tim Walsh is this season's "Joe Schmo." A resident of Washington, DC, Tim is true to his Irish roots - a bartender with entrepreneurial aspirations to open his own bar. He's athletic, witty, outgoing and an overall genuine guy. Ingrid Wiese is our first ever "Jane Schmo." Also a resident of our nation's capitol, Ingrid is the classic girl-next-door meets woman- of-the-world. She's intelligent - with a dream of becoming the next Madeline Albright someday - strong-willed, and thankfully, up for anything.
Tim and Ingrid believe they are participating in a new series entitled "Last Chance for Love" and vying with other contestants for $100,000. "Last Chance for Love" parodies elements from many of the romance/relationship shows currently found on television ("The Bachelor/Bachelorette," "Average Joe," "For Love or Money," "Meet My Folks"), including over-the-top eviction ceremonies, cutthroat competitions, and many shocking twists.
Our two "Schmos" are again surrounded by stereotypical reality show contestants - "The Bachelor & Bachelorette," "The Playah," "The Drunk," "The Gotta-Be-Gay Guy," "The Heir," "The Moron," "The Bitch," "The Weeper," and "The Stalker." Ralph Garman, who portrayed the smarmy host of the original "Joe Schmo," returns this season in disguise as Derek Newcastle, a pompous but randy British reality show host.
Like many reality shows on television, "Last Chance for Love" features over-the-top competitions for cheesy rewards - either "one-on-one time with the bachelor/bachelorette" eating strawberries out by the pool, a "hot tub date" under the stars, or a "romantic dinner date" away from the other competitive suitors. No reality show would be complete without shocking revelations, and on "Last Chance for Love," these come in the form of "Falcon Twists," where a falcon flies in to reveal surprise twists, culminating with the host saying "The Falcon has spoken." Some of the competitions include:
* Strike A Pose -
An endurance game where players must stay in challenging, seductive, and uncomfortable positions for as long as possible. Downward-facing-dog never burned so bad.
* Professions Of Love -
Contestants profess their love to "Mr. & Ms. Right" by showcasing a special talent, performed beneath a Romeo-and- Juliet-style balcony.
* Bound By Love -
Contestants are chained together to learn a number of dances to impress the bachelor and bachelorette.
As with most reality shows, there must be elimination ceremonies. "Last Chance for Love" takes these to a whole new level of cheesiness. Our host begins the proceedings with "Love...it's why we're all here..." Then the Bachelor or Bachelorette send away one of their romantic suitors, either via a "Pearl Necklace" ceremony for the women or a "Flame of Love" ceremony for the men. How will Tim and Ingrid act and react in this entire absurd scenario? Viewers will have tune in to a new season of faux fun with "Joe Schmo 2" this summer to find out.
In addition to it's weekly premiere on Tuesdays at 10:00 PM, ET/PT, "Joe Schmo 2" episodes encore on Fridays (1:00- 2:00 AM, ET/PT); Sundays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT)); Mondays (11:05 PM - Midnight, ET/PT) immediately following WWE live RAW telecast and Tuesdays (9:00 -10:00 PM, ET/PT).
On Tuesday, June 22, Paramount Home Entertainment releases "The Joe Schmo Show: Season One Uncensored!," a 3-disc DVD box set with all 8 original broadcast episodes from the first season, including over 7 hours of entertainment, with special features that even Spike TV couldn't show. The DVD box set contains uncensored special features including audio commentary on the shocking season finale, by a series executive producer Rhett Reese and Matt Kennedy Gould ("Joe Schmo"); five deleted scenes; extended cast interviews; an extended and unblurred "Chocolate Sauce on Models" and "The Making of the Meal" - The Gross Food Stunt competitions.
"Joe Schmo 2" was created by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who also serve as writers and executive producers with David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Anthony Ross. The series is exclusively produced for Spike TV by Stone Stanley Entertainment in association with Reese Wernick Productions. Peilin Chou, Spike TV's Vice President of Original Series serves as the Executive in Charge of Production.
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