Garman: Jeff Probst inspired Joe Schmo host; British hosts inspired new host.

Garman: Jeff Probst inspired Joe Schmo host; British hosts inspired new host.
As the host on The Joe Schmo Show, Ralph Garman says he modeled himself after Survivor host Jeff Probst, aka Dimples. “It was definitely those eviction ceremonies, the counting of the votes, the way he pauses and drags it out. It’s just great theater,” Garman tells the New York Daily News. Garman is returning for Joe Schmo 2, which debuts next week. However, he’ll be heavily made-up, and sport a British accent. “There seems to be a glut of shows with British hosts. We thought that would be funny,” he says. About the show’s premise, Garman says it’s “well-intentioned and fun,” not humiliating like other reality TV shows.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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