Joe Schmo 2 producer says he regrets “let[ting] Tim get a little too into Piper.”

Joe Schmo 2 producer says he regrets “let[ting] Tim get a little too into Piper.”
Joe Schmo 2 executive producer Rhett Reese writes on the show’s blog that he has regrets about the series, and identifies “two key missteps.” The first is that “we let Tim get a little too into Piper. … Tim ended up forming a bigger crush on Piper than I was comfortable with. In our defense, we kept asking Tim in his morning interview if he were falling in love with Piper, and he kept pooh-poohing the idea. So, to hear Tim tell it, he wasn’t overly smitten.” Tim was a little pissed, telling Zap2it.com, “I sort of felt deceived a little bit, having now to [learn the cast’s real names]–you’re like, ‘Oh. Who are you?'” But he adds, “They were just acting. They were doing their jobs. I can’t condemn them for doing their jobs. So at first I was pissed, but eh, who cares? If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?” Reese’s other misstep was less severe; he writes, “I would have pushed the comedy a little further, particularly during Ralph’s confusing falcon twist speech when he talked about all the possible choices available to Piper and Austin.” He also blogs about the possibility of a third season of the show: “I don’t know if there will be a Joe Schmo 3 (or a Joe Schmo 2 DVD), but I will definitely come clean once I know anything concrete.”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


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.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.