Average Joe 2 Hawaii: debuts tonight.

Average Joe 2 Hawaii: debuts tonight.
Kicking off a week of premieres of new (and second-act) reality TV shows, NBC tries again with Average Joe 2: Hawaii, which was taped before the first season aired. The tag line on the show’s web site sums it up: “New girl. New guys. New surprises!” Former Miss Missouri (and artist, and wannabe web designer) Larissa Meek will meet a flock of average/ugly guys, and later be surprised by a gaggle of hot/vapid guys. Lest you think the producers have found hot guys with personalities, they assure us that the hot guys are simply hot: “The show is about choosing between guys from two worlds, and we want it to be a clear-cut choice. … [T]hey’re great guys in their own right, they have interests, they have jobs, but you can always add ‘/model’ to the end of whatever their current career choice is,” exec producer Andrew Glassman tell Zap2it.com. A letter him and co-exec producer Stuart Krasnow posted on the show’s site pleads with viewers to not abandon this version, a la Joe Millionaire 2: “So the guys you are about to meet DID NOT have the benefit of watching the first season before they joined us in Hawaii. … Again, thank you for all of your enthusiasm for the first series! Get ready for an incredible adventure in Hawaii!” With all those exclamation points, it’s a surprise they’re not calling the show Average! Joe! 2! Hawaii!!

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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.