Joe Schmo producers fool entire town with fake Shatner film for new Spike series.

Joe Schmo producers fool entire town with fake Shatner film for new Spike series.
There will not be another season of Joe Schmo, but the producers of the series are bringing a similar but much larger hoax show to Spike TV early next year. Last week, William Shatner went to Riverside, Iowa, to film Invasion Iowa, but the film was actually fake, a facade for a new reality series that sounds sort of like a reality version of State and Main. In a press release, Spike TV explains:

A crew of producers, writers, and actors spent more than a year planning this carefully crafted hoax, which lampooned the craziness of Hollywood before an audience of “small-town America.” Shatner played the role of an increasingly over-the-top version of himself. His eccentric faux “entourage” ranged from his harried, neurotic assistant, to his spiritual advisor, to his flighty leading actress, all of whom were played by improvisational comedic actors.

Producer Rhett Reese says, “This is unlike anything that’s ever been tried in the history of television. It was a truly breathtaking experience.” Possibly to prevent a riot in the town, which has 978 residents and is the fictional birthplace of Captain Kirk, producers gave $100,000 to the town after revealing yesterday that the whole project was fake.

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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