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.

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.