One of TV's first faux reality shows is climbing back into the ring to go another round. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spike TV has flipped the switch and revived the Joe Schmo Show, which originally aired from 2003-2004, lasting two seasons.
The show's premise is that a normal person or persons - hence Joe Schmo - are led to believe they are contestants on a reality television program. But in reality, all of the other participants are actually actors, with scripted prompts and dialogs. Kristen Wiig appeared as one of the participants in the first season, which was released on DVD in 2004.
Spike has ordered 10 episodes of the new series, which will feature Lorenzo Lamas among a cast of "reality show cliches." The new show is entitled Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty.
The original series finale collected 3.4 million viewers and was one of Spike's highest-rated series.
The identity of the new "Joe" will be revealed in the coming months.
The star of the first series, Matt Gould, told Entertainment Weekly in 2008 that the show made him feel "dumb" and that he "wouldn't do the show at all" if given the choice again.
Both of the seasons have been available cheap (I got one for $4 and the other for $2!) on DVD. I watched the frist when it was on, but have not yet watched the second. If they don't schedule it stupidly, I'll try to watch the new ones.