Average Joe 2 star sues NBC over fourth installment

One of the stars of NBC’s Average Joe 2 is joining two other men in suing NBC over the latest season, which just completed its run Tuesday.

Alfred “Fredo” LaPonza and his fellow plaintiffs say “the network used their concepts, story lines and casting suggestions for the show, including the use of cosmetic surgery and dentistry to enhance the appearance of the ‘Joes'”, according to the AP. The “lawsuit [was] filed last week in federal court,” but NBC had no comment.

This latest six-episode season, known as Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back, basically tanked in the ratings. NBC came in third place in the hour Tuesday for the show’s finale. Last week, according to Media Life, it “averaged a 1.9 overnight rating among viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen overnights, its worst outing yet.” Worse, the series “is averaging less than half what the third and most recent edition averaged in spring 2004.”

A reader who watched the finale said that, at the end, an on-screen message suggested that this would be the last season. It read, “To all the guys of three seasons–Thanks.”

NBC Is Sued Over Latest ‘Average Joe’ [AP]
Say it ain’t so: New low for NBC’s ‘Average Joe’ [Media Life]

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