Spike’s “Ink Master” Season 2 Ranks As #1 Original Series On All Of Cable

December 19th, 2012 by faziod

SPIKE’S “INK MASTER” SEASON 2 FINALE MARKS UP THE COMPETITION,

RANKING AS THE #1 ORIGINAL SERIES ON ALL OF CABLE

 

Finale Also Out Delivers All Competition on Cable in Time Slot,

Ranking #1 with Men 18-34, Persons 18-34 & Men 18-49

 

New York, NY, December 19, 2012 – The live finale of Season 2 of Spike’s “Ink Master” delivered 2.4 million viewers last night, Tuesday, December 18 (10:01 – 11:04 PM, ET/PT), making it the most-watched episode in series history and the fifth largest audience in network history for a non-sports original series telecast.

The one-hour live (ET) finale featured a victory by Connecticut tattoo artist and business owner Steve Tefft, was the #1 original series on cable last night among Persons 18-49.  The finale also out delivered all of the competition on cable in the time slot, ranking #1 with Men 18-34, Persons 18-34 and with Men 18-49.  Overall, the finale drew a 2.1 rating in Men 18-34, 1.7 with Persons 18-34 and a 1.7 with Men 18-49 and a household rating of 1.6.

“Ink Master” has furthered the network’s mission to create broader-appealing shows with real stakes involved.  Currently the highest-rated original series on the network, the Season 2 finale of “Ink Master” posted a 24% increase in total viewers and a 17% increase in Persons 18-49 versus last season’s finale.  “Ink Master” Season 2 averaged 1.9 million viewers, an 89% increase vs the YAGO time period, a 1.5 rating with Persons 18-34, up 159%, 1.5 with Men 18-34, up 122% and a 1.3 with Persons 18-49, up 137%.

In a finale that was filled with both controversy and surprise, series host Dave Navarro and judges Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck awarded a $100,000 cash prize, a feature in Inked magazine and the title of ‘Ink Master’ to Tefft.  In a first-ever series twist during the live telecast, viewers went online and gave one artist, Tatu Baby, a second chance at becoming “Ink Master,” putting her into the competition for Season 3, which is set to air next year.

The “Ink Master” live finale was also a hit on social media.   “Ink Master” ranked #1 on cable and #2 on all networks (behind only ‘The Voice’) on the day of the finale, its highest ranking ever  (Source: SocialGuide).  The show also trended on Twitter with #InkMasterLive and #TatuBaby making it to the top 10 trending topics in the US and worldwide

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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“Ink Master” Finale Photos – Steven Tefft Named Winner of Season 2

December 19th, 2012 by faziod
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Steve Tefft Named Season 2 Winner of “Ink Master”

December 19th, 2012 by faziod

 STEVE TEFFT NAMED SEASON 2  WINNER OF “INK MASTER”

IN LIVE SERIES FINALE

 

Season 2 Wins $100,000, Feature in Inked Magazine &

Bragging Rights Title of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, December 19, 2012 – In a live finale that was filled with both controversy and surprises, Steve Tefft was named the winner of season 2 of “Ink Master.”   Teft wins a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication Inked and the ultimate bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  In a first-ever series twist during the live telecast, viewers went online and voted one artist, Tatu Baby, back for a second chance which will put them into competition for “Ink Master” season 3 airing next year.

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out in permanent ink each week, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’  The challenges focused on different tattooing techniques and styles.  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges including tattoo legends Forrest Cavacco, Freddy Negrette, Mike Rubendahl, Richard Stell and Bob Tyrell.   Each individual artist’s work was critiqued and each week at least one contestant was sent home.

The final three contestants: Sarah Miller, owner and tattoo artist at Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA, Sebastian Murphy, tattoo artist at Detroit Ink in Mt. Clemens, MI and Steve Tefft, owner and artist at 12 Tattoos in Groton, CT were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 24-hour tattoo, where they had four, six-hour sessions with their master canvas to create a tattoo design that was completely left up to the discretion of each artist.

In last night’s finale Miller, Murphy and Tefft revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   Murphy was eliminated from the competition after receiving the lowest number of votes based on season-long online fan voting.  In a surprise twist, season 2 contestant Tatu Baby was voted by viewers to get a second chance at the “Ink Master” title, by awarding them a spot in the Season 3 competition.

In the end, it came down to Miller and Tefft with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Tefft the season 2 winner of “Ink Master.”

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Spike TV Presents “Car Lot Rescue”

December 18th, 2012 by leungm

SPIKE TV GETS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT TO TAKE ON FLOUNDERING CAR DEALERSHIPS IN NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “CAR LOT RESCUE,” PREMIERING SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 11PM ET/PT

Unscripted Series Follows Venerable Auto Industry Expert Tom Stuker as He Applies His Unique Expertise to Turn Around Failing Car Dealerships

New York, NY, December 11, 2012 – Dealerships are at the forefront of the multibillion dollar auto industry that employs over 20 million Americans.  During the recent recession, thousands of dealerships struggled to make a profit and were in danger of closing their doors.  Spike TV’s new unscripted original series, “Car Lot Rescue,” follows auto dealership ‘doctor’ Tom Stuker as he takes charge in bringing these once failing establishments to new heights of success.  Taking no prisoners, Stuker picks apart each dealership, implementing his specially-developed training technique made up of equal part sales, psychology and attitude.  Eight one-hour episodes of “Car Lot Rescue” premiere starting Sunday, February 10 at 11PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

Stuker’s innovative and brazen methods for selling cars have made him a legend in the auto industry.  He has traversed the globe, logging over 11 million air miles, visiting over 1,500 auto dealerships worldwide from Japan to Australia, all in desperate need of his guidance.  In each episode, Stuker, along with his car savvy team, travel to a different dealership in dire financial straits, where he is given five days to work with the dealership staff to prepare them for Saturday, the busiest sales day of the week.  With his signature black cowboy hat and boots, Stuker’s larger-than-life persona is instrumental in galvanizing the attention and respect of the dealership employees.  His blunt talk may rub some of the salespeople the wrong way, but his tough-love approach and keen sense of the business ultimately delivers unmatchable success.

In the premiere episode, Stuker attempts to salvage a Long Beach, California car dealership run by salesmen who are more interested in brawling with each other than with making a profit.  To save the dealership and ultimately achieve success, he must try to convince the hard-core sales crew to conduct themselves as professional businessmen and turn the focus back on the customer.

Viewers can join in the conversation about “Car Lot Rescue” by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #CarLotRescue.  Biographies, photo galleries, sneak peeks of upcoming episodes and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Car Lot Rescue” destination, carlotrescue.spike.com.  Content will be updated regularly throughout the season, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.

“Car Lot Rescue” is created and developed by Vem Miller in association with Vem’s Sweatshop Media, Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox of Electus and Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk of 5×5 Media.  The series is produced by Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio Electus, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], and 5×5 Media, a full service production company in an overall production and distribution agreement within the Electus studio system. Ben Silverman, Vem Miller, Rick Ringbakk and Craig Armstrong serve as Executive Producers.   Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming.  Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.  Electus International will distribute the series globally.

Paradigm Agency represents Tom Stuker and Vem Miller and is responsible for packaging “Car Lot Rescue.”

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

SPIKE TV

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melissa.sugiura@spike.com

310-407-4729

 

Shana Tepper

Shana.tepper@spike.com

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Electus

Jessica Berger / Whitney Kuhn

212.691.2800

berger@sunshinesachs.com / Kuhn@sunshinesachs.com

Car Lot Rescue Photos

December 17th, 2012 by leungm

 

Ric Savage Returns To Spike With “Savage Family Diggers” on Wednesday, January 30th at 10:00 PM, ET/PT

December 17th, 2012 by gulatis

RIC SAVAGE’S FAMILY JOINS IN ON THE HUNT

  “SAVAGE FAMILY DIGGERS” PREMIERES ON SPIKE TV WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

New Season Follows Former Professional Wrestler Ric Savage and His Family Around the Country as They Uncover Hidden Treasure and Relics Found in the Backyards of Everyday Americans

New York, NY, December 17, 2012 – Ric Savage returns to Spike TV, and this time he’s bringing his entire family along for the second season of “Savage Family Diggers” (formerly known as “American Digger”), premiering on Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  The series follows American Savage, the digging company, led by Savage family patriarch and former professional wrestler-turned-modern-day relic hunter Ric, along with his wife Rita and sons G and Nick, on the search for historic treasure buried in the backyards of unsuspecting citizens nationwide.

In the US, millions of historic relics, some of which have been untouched for centuries, lay buried in backyards and parking lots, waiting to be discovered and turned into profit.  “Savage Family Diggers” features the Savage family trying to tap into those profits in a different city each week, including New Orleans, LA, Savannah, GA, Boston, MA, Miami, FL and Memphis, TN.  Ric’s vast knowledge of American History helps lead the team to properties, both residential and commercial, with the greatest potential for high value artifacts.  After settling upon a potentially high yield location, the Savage family uses state-of-the-art metal detectors and the latest in ground penetrating radar technology to search for items, and, upon discovery, must convince reluctant property owners to let American Savage search and dig up their land using heavy-duty excavation equipment.  The team sells any artifacts found for a substantial profit by consulting experts and scouring the antique and collectible markets, but not before negotiating a deal to divide the revenue with the property owners.

Throughout the season, items with great historical and cultural significance will be found, including a Rolex watch from 1908, a Civil War surgeon’s field amputation kit, a TelePhoto Cycle Poco B camera from 1891, and a whaling lance from the mid 1800s.

American Savage, based in Mechanicsville, VA, is the top artifact recovery company in the country, digging as much as half a million dollars worth of historical artifacts out of US soil each year.  The company includes Ric, the leader, his wife Rita, who manages the business, and their sons G and Nick, who provide tech support and are the “muscle” of the operation.

Born and raised in western North Carolina, Savage is a former professional wrestler-turned- artifact-recovery expert, hunting relics from America’s past with the help of his all-star team at American Savage. “Heavy Metal” Ric Savage had a prolific seven year career in the sport, competing in nearly every wrestling organization, among them the WCW (World Championship Wrestling), the ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) and the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance).  Following his retirement from professional wrestling in 1997, Savage returned to his other passion, the Civil War era, by getting his start in relic hunting.  His first major find, a hunk of shrapnel he found at the site of the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, prompted him to form American Savage and continue his pursuit of history and riches.  Since its inception, American Savage has recovered a wide range of valuable items, including hundreds of Civil War bullets, dozens of Civil War artillery shell fragments, multiple Native American arrow and axe heads, a set of prehistoric shark teeth and a Civil War era beer bottle.

“Savage Family Diggers” is a 13 half-hour episode series created and produced by Gurney Productions (“Auction Hunters”), owned by Scott and Deirdre Gurney.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV and Alex Eastburg, Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, serves as executive in charge of production.

Fans can follow the hunt on Spike.com, which will feature weekly preview clips and highlight segments from the “Savage Family Diggers” series. Throughout the season, fans will be able to track the conversation on Twitter by following @SPIKETV.  Full episodes of the first season are also viewable now on americandigger.spike.com.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Salil Gulati            Spike TV               212/767-8705                      salil.gulati@spike.com

Shana Tepper                  Spike TV               310/407-4728                      shana.tepper@spike.com

Car Lot Rescue – Bios

December 12th, 2012 by leungm

TOM STUKER

Biography

 For over 30 years, Tom Stuker has been a recognized leader in the world of automotive sales and management consultation.  Stuker has been featured on many news programs, including Fox News, ABC’s 20/20 and Nightline, and has been a frequent guest speaker at NADA conventions.  His numerous live appearances and presentations for local, state and national organizations have made him a respected legend in the industry. Stuker has been rated number one speaker and number one workshop at several NADA, Canadian and Australian conventions.

Stuker’s creative vision has helped more than 15,000 dealers worldwide increase profitability.  The company’s online training and team of certified trainers put Stuker International on the map with dealerships in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan having utilized the company’s unique expertise.

Countless automotive manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Infinity, Pontiac, Subaru and Toyota have contracted Stuker for their specific training needs.

In the late 1980s, Stuker started the BDC Concept utilizing in-house telephone specialists and at the same time started the first Phone Sales Boot camp, “Take No Prisoners,” now widely used by many training companies.  More sales professionals use Stuker training techniques than any other method.  They realize how effective these techniques are when followed daily and have experienced dramatic improvements in both their productivity and personal income.

Through in-house training, local workshops and webinars, Stuker has utilized the “soft sell/smartsell” approach, including proven techniques for prospecting, handling customers, overcoming objections and using the telephone effectively to maximize the sales opportunity.

In addition to Stuker International’s acclaimed workshops, management schools and customized in-dealership training programs, the company provides an extensive selection of training and support products covering all areas of the dealership.

In 2011, Stuker became United Airlines’ most frequent flyer, logging over 10 million air miles to visit dealerships in desperate need of his guidance.  When he’s not up in the air, he splits his time between his home bases of Chicago and New Jersey.

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Roe Hubbard

Biography

Roe Hubbard is the CEO of Members Only Automotive, the #1 endorsed sales event company in the world.

His innovation and game-changing systems have revolutionized the automotive staffed event, direct mail process and training industry.

Hubbard started in the automotive business in 1995 and has moved up the ranks, holding several prestigious positions, including top salesperson, BDC manager, Used Car manager, F&I director, GSM, dealer and National Team leader and Trainer, before becoming the owner of one of the most successful sales event models in the industry.  He attributes his success to helping dealers solve their problems in terms of market share, margin, CSI, community embracement and a well-trained staff.  These are the core values of a dealership and he implements serious marketing strategies, management and training practices, accountability measures and a fail proof plan of attack for his dealership’s sales departments to hit their sales goals.

Hubbard, 37, was born in Odessa, TX.   He and his wife Angelica now reside in Midland, TX and are proud parents of three beautiful children, Mason (14), Landon (9) and Julia (6).

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Roxy Stuker

Biography

 Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Roxy Stuker has established herself as a successful business woman.  She created, operated and sold MetroStaff, Inc., a multi-million dollar employment agency, where she managed more than 3,200 employees.

As a young single mother, she was quick to learn the importance of hard work.  After nine years of working in the field of accounting, she moved into service and sales to better suit her talents and personality, where she soon excelled.  Since the sale of her company, Stuker enjoys traveling with her brother, Tom, owner of Stuker & Associates, an Automotive Sales Training company.  She is involved in many aspects of his business, including writing new training materials.

Roxy serves on the Auxiliary Board at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL, as 1st Vice-President and volunteers in the Emergency Department. She has also been involved with the Special Leisure Service Foundation for 19 years.

Stuker currently resides in Chicago, IL. She has recently welcomed a son-in-law, Sean, into the family and considers her greatest accomplishment to be her beautiful daughter, Jessica.

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“BAR RESCUE” RETURNS FOR A THIRD ROUND ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

December 12th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV’S HIT ORIGINAL SERIES “BAR RESCUE” RETURNS FOR A THIRD ROUND ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT 10:00 PM, ET/PT

Renowned Bar and Nightclub Consultant Jon Taffer to Bring His Expertise and Attitude to Twenty Failing Drinking Establishments Nationwide 

New York, NY, December 12, 2012 – Spike TV’s hit reality series “Bar Rescue” will resume its mission to overhaul struggling bars nationwide when its third season, consisting of twenty episodes, premieres on Sunday, February 10 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT.  From the producers of “The Biggest Loser” and “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” the series features Jon Taffer, one of the country’s top nightlife consultants, as he wields nearly three decades of experience in the food and beverage, hotel and hospitality industries to help give failing drinking establishments one last chance to transform themselves into vibrant, profitable businesses.

Over the course of the new season, Taffer and his team (#TeamTaffer) will make stops in cities all over the country, including New Orleans, Austin, Denver, and many more.  His brash approach may ruffle feathers along the way, but Taffer pulls no punches and values bottom lines above hurt feelings; those owners and employees that he believes are standing in the way of success are urged to check their egos at the door, or are shown the door.

Taffer employs a proven scientific approach to solving the problems befalling bars.  From aligning furniture to encourage more eye contact and social interaction, to analyzing the rate of alcohol consumption in relation to tempo of music, to devising menu layouts that steer customers to the most profitable items, he leaves no stone unturned in his mission to reinvigorate the struggling businesses placed in his stead.

The debut episode features Taffer and his crew of experts trying to save Turtle Bay on New Orleans’ iconic Bourbon Street.  After years of disrepair, mismanagement, and a prolonged legal battle with a neighboring bar, despite tremendous amounts of foot traffic, the bar has fallen on hard times and risks shuttering its windows.  Taffer must find a way to make Turtle Bay stand out on one of the most densely packed streets in the world in terms of drinking establishments, and save the bar from big trouble in the Big Easy.

“Bar Rescue” will also feature Taffer’s wife, Nicole, along with a rotating group of experts, including mixologist Joe Brooke, chef Brian Duffy of CBD Solution, and hospitality consultant Jessie Barnes.

For additional information about “Bar Rescue,” fans can log onto barrescue.spike.com to view full episodes, check out before and after photo galleries of the rescued bars, and watch video previews of new episodes.  Fans can also get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV and/or the hashtag #BarRescue, and join in on the conversation at the official Bar Rescue Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BarRescue.

“Bar Rescue” is a 20 one-hour episode series produced by Eyeworks USA (“The Biggest Loser,” “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” “Flying Wild Alaska”) and Executive Producers JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre, and Tim Warren.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Tim Duffy is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Justin Lacob, Director of Original Series for Spike TV, serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Jon Taffer:

A virtual fixture in the restaurant, bar and nightclub business, Taffer is an internationally recognized, award-winning restaurant operator, owner and concept developer. He’s a respected industry “voice” with nearly 30 years of hands-on experience in over 800 establishments worldwide and delivers expertise in the creation, development and management of casual restaurants, entertainment venues, nightclubs, bars, stadium/arena food service, resort facilities and large theme restaurants.  In January 2010, he was appointed by Questex Media Group LLC the President of its Nightclub & Bar Media Group, which includes the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, Nightclub & Bar magazine and related digital media products.

About Eyeworks USA

Eyeworks USA is one television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable, with shows including ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition,” currently in season three, and the network’s new diving competition series “Celebrity Diving,” premiering in 2013 and featuring four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis. Other series include the long-running NBC franchise “The Biggest Loser,” as well as “MasterChef” for FOX, “Flying Wild Alaska” for Discovery, “Bar Rescue” for Spike; “My Cat from Hell” for Animal Planet; “LA Hair” for WE; and “Fat Girl Revenge” for Oxygen, among many others.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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“The Joe Schmo Show” Returns Tuesday, January 8 at 10 PM, ET/PT

December 10th, 2012 by faziod

 

JOE SCHMO RETURNS!!!!!

 Spike Brings Back the Audacious Faux Reality Show Where Only One Contestant is Real

“The Joe Schmo Show” Premieres Tuesday, January 8 at 10 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, December 10, 2012 – Spike has once again turned the tables on the reality show genre with “The Joe Schmo Show.”  The one-hour, 10-episode series features one real guy who believes he is on a new, over-the-top reality show looking for America’s next bounty hunter, but in reality is actually surrounded entirely by actors.  His cast-mates are a motley crew of reality show clichés including Lorenzo Lamas, playing himself, who must do their best under these unusual circumstances to follow a pre-determined outline.  “The Joe Schmo Show” premieres on Spike with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 8 from 10 PM – midnight, ET/PT.

One of television’s biggest and riskiest experiments once again looks to discover how a reality contestant would react to encountering a show filled with every outlandish element reality television has showcased.  How far can producers push this ‘reality,’ and the ensuing ridiculous competitions? And of course, will the actors be convincing enough or will the unsuspecting “contestant” figure it all out?

The true hero of the show undoubtedly is the “Joe,” Chase Rogan, who demonstrates a keen sense of integrity and humanity, even under duress from the absurd predicaments he finds himself in.

Chase Rogan is an all around good guy.  This 28-year-old Pennsylvania native and sports fanatic lives in Pittsburgh with his wife.  A certified professional agronomist, he owns and operates his own business, PureTurf Consulting, LLC.  Always up for a good time and adventure, Chase willingly submitted a casting video of himself to be on a new competition reality show.

In this installment,  Chase believes he has been cast as one of several contestants in a new reality-competition series where the winner will become a bounty hunter.  He’ll face an assortment of bounty hunting-related challenges, from learning how to defuse a bomb to interrogating a hostile witness, totally oblivious to the fact that all the crazy situations he is placed in are scripted.  Ralph Garman reprises his role from the first two “Joe Schmo” seasons as the show “host” along with a cast that showcases stereotypical reality show participants, ranging from a ditsy model to the self-absorbed, attention-grabbing jerk and from a classic overachiever to an ex-con whose found God.

Fans are encouraged to join in the “The Joe Schmo Show” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #JoeSchmo.  Character and actor biographies, photo galleries, blog posts, full episodes and video exclusives can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Joe Schmo” destination online at joeschmo.spike.com.

The original season of “The Joe Schmo Show” debuted on Spike in September 2003 and was among television’s first faux reality series.  One of the highest rated series in the history of Spike, the finale drew 3.4 million viewers.

“The Joe Schmo Show” is produced by Barry Poznick and John Stevens of Zoo Productions, an All3 media company. J. Holland Moore serves as Executive Producer.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Jeff Savaiano serves as Executive in Charge of Production, Spike.

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Debra Fazio-Rutt                    212-767-8649                          debra.fazio@spiketv.com

 

The Joe Schmo Show

December 10th, 2012 by faziod
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