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.

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