Joe Schmo 2 and Outback Jack both conclude tonight with two-hour finales.

Joe Schmo 2 and Outback Jack both conclude tonight with two-hour finales.
Spike TV’s second experiment in satirical reality TV concludes tonight from 9 to 11 p.m. ET, as does TBS’s down-under dating series. Spike’s Joe Schmo 2 concludes its run with a two-hour finale that will reveal the truth to the two remaining schmos, Tim and Amanda. First, though, there’s the mandatory time-killing “quick recap of the entire season,” and then “Tim makes some shocking statements and reveals his own personal observations, making the ‘Joe Schmo 2′ producers scramble.” A twist involving Austin and Piper will also be revealed, and the series will parody one more reality show convention by having Tim and Amanda disguise themselves to try to gather information. Spike’s teaser release about the finale suggests that the finale may confirm conspiracy theories about the show: “What will Tim and Amanda do? Is the joke on them, or have they–just like Ingrid, figured it all out and the joke is really on us?” … Also tonight, at the exact same time, TBS’ Outback Jack wraps up its run. Jack, aka Vadim Dale, will select one of the two remaining women, Marissa and Natalie. Naturally, the series “closes with a quick recap of Jack and the women’s incredible journeys together,” and then comes “his final choice of the woman who has come from the city to melt the heart of the rugged outdoorsman.”

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