producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.

producers say there will be a Joe Schmo sequel; audience grew by 61 percent.
Since the premiere of Spike TV’s The Joe Schmo Show “has grown 61% since the premiere in September, and talks about a second season are underway,” the New York Daily News reports. Producers are looking for a way to create a sequel; “We will find another Joe Schmo,” cocreator Paul Wernick says. How’d they find even one guy so willing to be manipulated? Not through auditions which attract every media whore on both sides of the Mississippi. Instead, producers “went into the field to find people not searching for the exposure.” That gave the show “the most real reality show contestant that anyone has ever seen on a reality show,” Wernick says. The eighth of 10 episodes airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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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.