Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.

Spike renews The Joe Schmo Show.
Spike TV has ordered 10 hours of a second Joe Schmo Show season. There’s no debut date yet nor official word of the format, but according to Variety, “Insiders say season two parodies a different genre of reality TV.” So many possibilities! But wouldn’t it be great if the second season parodied the first? The “Joe Schmo” would be an actor who thought s/he was deceiving a schmo, but that person would actually be an actor pretending to be a real guy, just like the actor thought s/he was doing. We’d need flow charts to keep track of who was who, but it’d be fun. Besides, parodying The Real World is like shooting former cast members at a Challenge: way too easy, and kind of sad.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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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.