Joe Schmo is “riveting” because of Matt’s “goodness”; is Matt an actor?

Joe Schmo is “riveting” because of Matt’s “goodness”; is Matt an actor?
Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show, which features a cast of actors, producers, and writers faking out a guy Truman Show-style who thinks he’s on a reality TV show but really is not, “is riveting precisely because Matt talks so honestly to the camera and to his fellow contestants,” Slate’s Meghan O’Rourke writes. She says that because of Matt’s “essential goodness” and “moral backbone,” viewers “begin to root for him to overcome the temptations of everyday compromise.” She also says that he “is so close to perfect … that you begin to wonder if the show might be faking us out in another way. Maybe Matt is an actor too, and we’re the Joes who ‘don’t know,’ as the show’s motto puts it.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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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.