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.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

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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.