The all-new season of Joe Schmo is bigger, badder, and more ambitious than ever. We've upped the ridiculousness: now our unwitting victim is competing to be a bounty hunter and is in the midst of some of the most outrageous characters yet concocted for a fake reality television show program (including a high-maintenance version of Lorenzo Lamas).
While our chosen Schmo competes for the chance to collar cons, the cast and crew around him will work 24/7 to protect the biggest con of all: the show itself. How long can it continue? Will Chase – all around good guy and unwitting victim – catch on? We'll find out when The Joe Schmo Show debuts Tuesday, January 8th at 10/9c on Spike.
In the meantime, here are some sneak peeks at the ridiculousness we have in store.
Meet My Friend Rufus
Literally before the contestants can even get settled, they're faced with their first challenge to determine which room they acquire. Oh, and they have to do so before they get mauled to death by one of the meanest dogs we've ever seen.
Lorenzo Lamas Shares Rooms with No Man
Listen up, you cretins: Lorenzo Lamas is used to preferential treatment. This isn't some schlub who sent in an audition tape in the hopes of becoming the next guy who TMZ has to explain and qualify every time he shows up on their website. This is Lorenzo freaking Lamas, the Renegade himself. You don't give him a dingy room with a twin bed like he's studying Marketing Management at a Liberal Arts school. He simply won't stand for it, which is why in this clip he tries to negotiate his way into the suite Chase wins in the first challenge.
Are you in charge now?
Lorenzo apologizes to Chase and makes his case for why he put the pressure on him earlier. Chase, being one of the nicest guys ever (seriously – it's why he was chosen) decides that if it matters more to Lorenzo, and it'll make him happy, he can have the room. No problem, right? Well…
Were you in LA two weeks ago?
We're not even two hours into filming and already Chase thinks he recognizes one of the contestants. This is one of the challenges for a project like this: it requires very skilled, experienced improv performers and actors to pull off. The downside is that for the most part, these are people who have appeared on stage and television before. In the clip below, watch as Chase almost catches on and everyone almost craps their pants.
Welcome to the Shocktagon
Our contestants are brought to their first challenge and Wanda comes up with a name for the challenge so good that the author of this piece is considering getting it tattooed on his chest in gothic lettering.
I've got the sack of a 25-year-old
In this clip we found out what saved the career – and possibly life – of the Renegade.
The First 10
In advance of the premiere this Tuesday, January 8th, check out the first ten minutes of the season premiere:
All of this is just a small taste of what we have in store. What we can't show you will blow your mind…and potentially blow our cover with Chase.
Spike is proud to announce that Joe Schmo
, the audacious faux reality show where only one contestant is real, IS BACK
starting Tuesday, January 8 at 10 PM, ET/PT
. But there's only real one question, can we actually pull it