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The Joe Schmo Show 

Faux reality TV show where most of the contestants are actors, and the reactions of the real person surrounded 24/7 by carefully engineered crazy.

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Series cast summary:
Ralph Garman ...  'The Smarmy Host' / ... 28 episodes, 2003-2013


Faux reality TV show where most of the contestants are actors, and the reactions of the real person surrounded 24/7 by carefully engineered crazy.

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How will it end? When will he know? They're all actors working from a script, but he thinks it's real.


Comedy | Reality-TV







Release Date:

2 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lap of Luxury See more »

Filming Locations:

Agoura, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jon Huertas and Valerie Azlynn would later both co-star in Castle (2009). See more »


[Piper, during a game, has to eat a piece of food out of a sack while blindfolded]
Derek Newcastle: The sack is right in front of your face. Just put your face in that sack and eat away.
Derek Newcastle: [Piper laughs, Derek is more direct] Piper, put your face
Derek Newcastle: in the sack!
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Alternate Versions

After the season concluded, Spike TV reran all the episodes, but with added commentary by Matt Kennedy Gould. See more »


Version of Gloire et fortune: la grande imposture (2004) See more »

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It's doubtful that Joe and Jane Schmo knew about the show
24 June 2004 | by redfullmoonSee all my reviews

<<They're going to study up some on reality shows before they go on one, they would hear of "Joe Schmo," and they'd wonder if something was up.>>

Jane Schmo (Ingrid) said in an interview that the only reality shows she has watched were "The Real World" and "The Bachelorette", and Joe Schmo (Tim) hasn't even mentioned any reality shows he has previously watched.

The first season of "Joe Schmo" peaked at 3 million viewers, which is only about 1/4 of the "Bachelorette" audience. You have to think that the "Joe Schmo 2" producers made absolutely sure that neither Joe nor Jane Schmo had heard of "Joe Schmo" or Spike TV, and because "JS" didn't get huge national ratings, that shouldn't be too hard.

<<I wonder if they also know that Spike TV is hosting it, or how Spike TV would hide that fact?>>

Most reality shows, just like sitcom pilot episodes, are not tied to their eventual network when they are produced. Potential reality shows are filmed and then production companies shop them around to various TV networks. There is no reason for Joe and Jane Schmo to even be told that this particular show will end up airing on Spike TV. The producers could simply say, "Once we're done filming 'Last Chance for Love', we will be meeting with TV executives to try to sell it for future airing."

On top of that, Jane Schmo (Ingrid) probably has never heard of Spike TV because a) she is not in their target demographic (young men) and b) she has spent the past few years traveling the world and reading books about Madeleine Albright in her spare time, not watching wrestling on Spike TV.

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