Comedy Central aired ads for fake reality TV shows like “Joe Mormon.”

Comedy Central aired ads for fake reality TV shows like “Joe Mormon.”
On Tuesday, Comedy Central aired ads all day long announcing the debut of eight new reality TV shows. They included “While You Were Drunk” (“How many beers does it take to get two random, unattractive people to agree to have sex?”), “Trading Babies” (“Two couples, two days and one black market.”), and Joe Mormon (“…can he get four of these lucky ladies to say ‘I do, I do, I do, I do’?”). Of course, they were April Fool’s Day jokes, but you can watch trailers for the shows on Comedy Central’s web site.
+ also: Comedy Central will air repeats of NBC’s The Last Comic Standing.
+ plus: check out TeeVee.net’s satirical version of ABC’s reality-heavy web site.

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.