debut of Joe Schmo 2 draws just under 600,000 viewers; show’s satire revealed.

debut of Joe Schmo 2 draws just under 600,000 viewers; show’s satire revealed.
The debut of Joe Schmo 2 “fell victim to the NBA Finals,” Variety reports. “In the core demos, the 10 p.m. premiere posted a 0.6/2 in men 18-34 and 0.4/1 in men 18-49. It drew 596,000 viewers overall.” Last season, ratings grew and the finale was watched by 3.4 million viewers. Entertainment Weekly looks at the subtle and not-so-subtle references that appeared during Joe Schmo 2‘s debut. Among the obvious was the first elimination ceremony, in which the bachelor and bachelorette booted only people of color, and the episode’s final elimination ceremony, which featured the bachelor offering ” pearl necklaces” to those he women he wanted to stick around. The more subtle: Ambrosia is a parody of The Apprentice‘s Omorosa, the twist-revealing falcon Montecore is named after “the tiger that attacked Roy Horn,” producer Rhett Reese says. “That makes us feel terrible, because it’s a sick joke.” In the future we can expect more sick jokes, such as the possibly fake death of a cast member’s relative modeled after the events in Survivor Pearl Islands.

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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