History Series / TheJoeSchmoShow

5th Feb '16 8:05:16 PM gallium
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''The Joe Schmo Show'' was at once a RealityShow and a spoof of reality shows. The first season centered around Matt Kennedy Gould, a regular guy who is selected as a contestant on the reality game show ''Lap of Luxury''. What he didn't realize, however, is that everybody else around him was an actor, specifically selected to play a reality-show archetype such as "The RichBitch", "The [[CampGay Gay Guy]]", "The [[{{Jerkass}} Asshole]]", and "The SmarmyHost". The scenes in the house were cut with standard reality-show style interviews, both from Matt and from the actors, who would describe how they felt about keeping the charade going on this guy. (Once they got to know Gould, and realized how much a truly nice and upright a guy he was, fooling him became emotionally harder and harder for the actors involved.) Despite several close calls, Matt didn't find out the truth until TheReveal in the season finale. After this, the series was rerun under the title ''Mo' Schmo'', with Matt giving a running commentary over it now that he knew the whole thing was fake. (Though this only lasted for four episodes before Spike pulled these repeats due to sagging ratings.) Future television and movie star Creator/KristenWiig appeared on the first ''Joe Schmo'' in her first big role as Dr. Pat, the incompetent therapist.

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''The Joe Schmo Show'' was at once a RealityShow and a spoof of reality shows.

The first season centered around Matt Kennedy Gould, a regular guy who is selected as a contestant on the reality game show ''Lap of Luxury''. What he didn't realize, however, is that everybody else around him was an actor, specifically selected to play a reality-show archetype such as "The RichBitch", "The [[CampGay Gay Guy]]", "The [[{{Jerkass}} Asshole]]", and "The SmarmyHost". The scenes in the house were cut with standard reality-show style interviews, both from Matt and from the actors, who would describe how they felt about keeping the charade going on this guy. (Once they got to know Gould, and realized how much a truly nice and upright a guy he was, fooling him became emotionally harder and harder for the actors involved.) Despite several close calls, Matt didn't find out the truth until TheReveal in the season finale. After this, the series was rerun under the title ''Mo' Schmo'', with Matt giving a running commentary over it now that he knew the whole thing was fake. (Though this only lasted for four episodes before Spike pulled these repeats due to sagging ratings.) Future television and movie star Creator/KristenWiig appeared on the first ''Joe Schmo'' in her first big role as Dr. Pat, the incompetent therapist.
16th Jan '16 8:22:26 AM FordPrefect
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** In Season 2 the same pair of actors played both Austin's parents and Piper's parents. (The show could get away with this because the first dinner was only with the male "contestants" and the second was only with the females. Part of the reveal for the final episode was when they called for Austin and Pipers' parents to come in, and only these two actors showed up.)

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** In Season 2 the same pair of actors played both Austin's parents and Piper's parents. (The show could get away with this because the first dinner was only with the male "contestants" and the second was only with the females. Part of the reveal for the final episode was when they called for Austin Austin's and Pipers' Piper's parents to come in, and only these two actors showed up.)
16th Jan '16 8:20:00 AM FordPrefect
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* {{Beat}}: Derek does this in the second season just after the cast has watched Cammy's ''Porked 'n Beans'' video. "I'm sorry we had see that (''beat'') on such a small monitor."

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* {{Beat}}: Derek does this in the second season just after the cast has watched Cammy's ''Porked 'n Beans'' video. "I'm sorry we had to see that (''beat'') on such a small monitor."
6th Nov '15 4:45:37 PM nombretomado
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''Joe Schmo 2'', the second season, brought in 2 schmoes, Tim Walsh and Ingrid Weise, for a parody reality relationship show, ''Last Chance for Love''. This season was often criticized for taking the premise ''way'' over the top, and for practically daring the schmoes to figure out the truth (which one, Ingrid, eventually did; they kept things going by having her join the actors and bringing in a new Schmo, Amanda Naughton). As well, neither Tim nor Ingrid was really as likeable as Matt was. Because of this, season 2 never really did quite as well as season 1, {{ratings}}- or acclaim-wise.

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''Joe Schmo 2'', the second season, brought in 2 schmoes, Tim Walsh and Ingrid Weise, for a parody reality relationship show, ''Last Chance for Love''. This season was often criticized for taking the premise ''way'' over the top, and for practically daring the schmoes to figure out the truth (which one, Ingrid, eventually did; they kept things going by having her join the actors and bringing in a new Schmo, Amanda Naughton). As well, neither Tim nor Ingrid was really as likeable as Matt was. Because of this, season 2 never really did quite as well as season 1, {{ratings}}- UsefulNotes/{{ratings}}- or acclaim-wise.
25th May '15 12:29:46 AM mysterykcad
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** Played straight with the teasers for TheReveal though, which made it sound like Matt went on a violent rampage upon learning the truth. Nothing of the sort actually happens.
24th Apr '15 1:55:40 PM MarkLungo
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-->'''Matt Kennedy Gould''': Hold the phone. Are you an actor? Tell me... just say it.
-->'''Brian Keith Etheridge''': I am.
-->'''Matt Kennedy Gould''': '''''What the (''bleep'') is going on?!''''' Someone fill me in!

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-->'''Matt ->'''Matt Kennedy Gould''': Hold the phone. Are you an actor? Tell me... just say it.
-->'''Brian ->'''Brian Keith Etheridge''': I am.
-->'''Matt ->'''Matt Kennedy Gould''': '''''What the (''bleep'') is going on?!''''' Someone fill me in!



* EatThat: A good portion of the drama in one of the episodes of the first season focused around one of these. Matt Kennedy Gould said he was specifically assured before the show started that he wouldn't be put in a situation like this, yet one of the latter episodes featured a gross-eating challenge. The dishes were all supposedly ForeignQueasine, such as monkey testicles or moufflon eyeballs, up until Matt's dish, which was claimed to be canine feces. Matt, having a well-known gag reflex, was immediately grossed out, but then seemed to decide that it couldn't possibly be real, until he was assured by a producer that it was. (He later revealed that he had so grown to trust the producers that the fact that none of them would even look at him led him to believe that it really was real.) Having refused to eat the canine feces, Matt met with a fake NetworkExecutive who told him that the challenge could still be won if he got Ashleigh and Molly to either kiss or go topless. Because GirlOnGirlIsHot.

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* EatThat: A good portion of the drama in one of the episodes of the first season focused around one of these. Matt Kennedy Gould said he was specifically assured before the show started that he wouldn't be put in a situation like this, yet one of the latter episodes featured a gross-eating challenge. The dishes were all supposedly ForeignQueasine, such as monkey testicles or moufflon eyeballs, up until Matt's dish, which was claimed to be canine feces. Matt, having a well-known gag reflex, was immediately grossed out, but then seemed to decide that it couldn't possibly be real, until he was assured by a producer that it was. (He later revealed that he had so grown to trust the producers that the fact that none of them would even look at him led him to believe that it really was real.) Having refused to eat the canine feces, Matt met with a fake NetworkExecutive UsefulNotes/{{Network Executive|s}} who told him that the challenge could still be won if he got Ashleigh and Molly to either kiss or go topless. Because GirlOnGirlIsHot.
10th Mar '15 11:21:22 AM JMQwilleran
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* {{Beat}}: Derek does this in the second season just after the cast has watched Cammy's ''Porked 'n Beans'' video. "I'm sorry we had see that (''beat'') on such a small monitor."
13th Feb '15 6:45:44 PM JMQwilleran
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** In the "Money, Money, Honey, Honey" game in the first season, Matt was bound to Molly the virgin for a game in which everyone had to roll around in money while covered in honey and the pair that collected the most money on their bodies were the winners. Matt and Molly did great, but the contest was one of those that they were rigged to lose. As such, they basically had to just lie to Matt and drop heavy hints that he and Molly had ended up with a lot of $1 and $5 bills, whereas the winning team ended up with a lot of $50 and $100 bills.
5th Jan '15 12:07:26 PM JMQwilleran
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* QuoteMine: The show generally avoided this as they wanted to present the Schmoes in a flattering, but still honest light. However, in ''Joe Schmo 2'', they couldn't resist this with a line of Amanda Naughton's in the season finale: "I want money. I want lots of money," used in the promo. The full line, heard in context in the episode itself, was "I want money. I want lots of money. I'd love to live a very rich life, but not at the expense of somebody."
8th Nov '14 11:02:51 AM gallium
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* ShockingElimination: [[RunningGag Poked fun at]] by including the phrase "the most shocking elimination yet" in several of the promos either going to break or at the end of the episode.

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* ShockingElimination: In-universe, [[RunningGag Poked poked fun at]] by including the phrase "the most shocking elimination yet" in several of the promos either going to break or at the end of the episode.
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