The Joe Schmo Show – Character/Actor Bios

December 10th, 2012 by faziod

 

“The Joe Schmo Show”

Character/Actor Bios

(listed in alphabetical actor order)

 

 

Rob Belushi as Allen, The Buddy…

Allen is like a walking, talking Labrador Retriever.  He is always supportive, always happy to see you and is always positive.

Rob Belushi has appeared in recurring roles on the small screen including “The Defenders” and “According to Jim.”  His big screen credits include “Thunderstruck,” “One Small Hitch” and “Cougars, Inc.”  He can next be seen in the motion picture “Heebie Jeebies.”

 

Lombardo Boyar as Chico, The Ex Con…

Chico is an ex gang-banger who found religion in prison.  Formerly addicted to everything, Chico is trying to start a new life.  He thinks of bounty hunting as a form of mission work.

Lombardo Boyar is best known for his roles on “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Over There.” Other credits include: “Happy Feet 2″, “Breakout Kings”, “Awake”, “GCB”, “Southland,” “Modern Family” and the new season of Showtime’s “Shameless.”

 

Chelsey Crisp as Chloe, The Model…

Chloe really hopes appearing on a reality show will boost her modeling career.  She’s in her mid-twenties and knows that those Eastern European endorsement deals won’t last forever.

Chelsey Crisp has appeared on “Happy Endings,” “The Office,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “CSI: Miami” and “NCIS.”  In addition to acting, she is the Artistic Director of the Duchess Riot All-Female Comedy and a company member at ACME Comedy Theatre.

 

Fred Cross as Stan, The Interpreter…

As Karlee’s ASL interpreter, Stan is her bridge to communicating with the rest of the world.  He also is in a romantic relationship with Karlee.  It’s so secret that no one, not even Karlee is aware of it.

Fred Cross trained at the Second City Conservatory.  He is fluent in American Sign Language, which he learned as a child from his grandmother who was deaf.  He’s used this skill in a number of notable roles as an interpreter on the television series “Scrubs” and “Weeds.”  His other acting credits include “Parks and Recreation,” “Criminal Minds” and “House.”

 

Meghan Falcone as  Skylar, The Widow…

Skylar is looking for a new career since her husband died in a freak cement-pouring accident and left her with an infant daughter to raise.  She’s led a very sheltered life and she’s often oblivious to the world around her.

Meghan Falcone can be seen as the recurring character of “Shari” in the new season of “Californication.” In addition to acting, Meghan writes and performs for Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA.

 

Ralph Garman as Jake Montrose, owner and operator of Montrose Bail Bonds…

Jake can’t go through metal detectors because he’s tough as nails with balls of steel.  Owner and operator of Montrose Bail Bonds and Fugitive Recovery Services, Jake has built an empire that has franchises in 37 states and Canada.  As his commercials state, “He has a 110% success rate.  He finds felons people didn’t even know were missing.”

Ralph Garman is a multi-faceted actor, impressionist and voice-over specialist.  Most recently, he appeared in Seth McFarlane’s live-action feature film “TED.” Ralph has voiced several characters on “Family Guy” and is a regular on KROQ radio station’s “Kevin and Bean” morning show.

 

Lorenzo Lamas as Lorenzo Lamas…

The classic cautionary tale for Hollywood stars.  A victim of aging, four ex-wives, and six kids, Lamas looks at this reality show as a chance for him to find a new career.  He needs the money.  Just ask his ex-wives.

Lorenzo Lamas is best known for portraying Lance Cumson on the popular 1980s soap opera “Falcon Crest,” Reno Raines on the 1990s crime drama “Renegade” and Hector Ramirez on the daytime soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful.”   Recognized for his dramatic turns, Lamas is now taking on more comedic roles and has even started to perform standup comedy.

 

Amanda Landry as Wanda Montrose, The Ditzy Wife…

Wanda may be as dumb as a rock, but she is hot as hell.  She worships her husband, Jake.  He’s her confidante, lover and grandfather figure.  Sure, her youthful exuberance sometimes gets on Jakes nerves, but he puts up with it because she looks fantastic in a bathing suit.

Amanda Landry has made guest appearances in several popular sitcoms including “American Dreams” and “Men at Work” but most recently she’s been recognized for her role as ‘Angel’ in the national DirectTV commercial.

 

Nikki McKenzie as Allison, The Overachiever…

Allison is the classic over-achiever.  She excels at everything and was a straight A student since pre-pre-school, even graduating medical school at the age of 22.  She’d be a great doctor if only she didn’t have explosive anger issues that prevent her from practicing.

Nikki McKenzie has appeared on various television series, including “Greek,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Ringer,” “Happy Endings” and “House of Lies.”  She is currently studying at Upright Citizens Brigade.

 

Jo Newman as Karlee, The Deaf Girl….

Karlee is out to prove that she’s very “handi-capable.”  She is a fierce competitor.

Jo Newman is a member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater in both New York and LA.  She is also a member of an all-female improv team, “That’s What She Said!” She’ll soon be seen on HBO’s “Hello Ladies.”

 

Segun Oduolowu as Lavernius, The Black Guy…

Lavernius is big, loud, fierce, and black.  Physically, Lavernius is a competitor that cannot be ignored.  However, he’s got a secret that will definitely shake up the game.

Segun Oduolowu has appeared on shows as varied as “Weeds” and “Mind of Mencia” as well as numerous appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”  He is also the creator of “The Program” a personal fitness company that is designed to improve the lives of young athletes.

 

Michael Weaver as Randy, The Asshole…

Randy is offensive, rude, and completely self-absorbed.  He’s your typical reality show asshole and he’s clearly not here to make friends.  Randy will lie, cheat, or sleep his way to victory.

Michael Weaver has numerous television credits including “Up All Night,” “Happy Endings,” “Last Man Standing” and “Parenthood,” among others.  He’s also appeared on the big screen in “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”  He recently appeared on “The Mob Doctor” and can next be seen in “Hot In Cleveland.”

 

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Contact:   Debra Fazio-Rutt, Spike TV  212-767-8649    debra.fazio@spiketv.com

The Joe Schmo Show – Sneak Peek

December 10th, 2012 by faziod

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

December 7th, 2012 by gulatis

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 10TH ANNUAL “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

 TELLTALE GAMES’ “THE WALKING DEAD: THE GAME” SHOCKS THE GAMING WORLD BY WINNING FOUR VECTOR MONKEYS FOR GAME OF THE YEAR, STUDIO OF THE YEAR, BEST ADAPTED VIDEO GAME AND BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

THE FUTURE OF GAMING IS REVEALED WITH THE SURPRISE WORLD PREMIERE OF “THE PHANTOM PAIN”

 SHOW ANNOUNCES “DARK SOULS II” AND WORLD PREMIERES OF “THE LAST OF US,” “BIOSHOCK INFINITE,” “TOMB RAIDER” AND MORE

 Fans Were Able To Play The “VGAs” Through A Groundbreaking Multiplatform Experience On Xbox Live

 Los Angeles, CA, Friday, December 7, 2012 – Hosted by the acclaimed international film, stage and video game star Samuel L. Jackson, executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Mark Burnett and featuring world premiere footage from highly anticipated releases, Spike TV’s tenth annual “Video Game Awards” (#VGA) proved to be the biggest night in gaming ever.  Industry titans gathered as the network celebrated the outstanding artistic and technical achievements in the gaming universe over the past year during the two-hour global event which premiered LIVE on Spike TV on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from Sony Picture Studios in Los Angeles.  The live awards show simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s and streamed live on Spike.com, GameTrailers.com and for the first time ever, on Xbox consoles through Xbox Live.

 A host of the most influential members of the gaming industry, as well as stars from the worlds of television, music and movies gathered at the biggest night in video games, and watched Telltale Studios win the two biggest honors of the year – Game of the Year and Studio of the Year.  “The Walking Dead: The Game” also won Game of the Year, Best Adapted Video Game and Best Downloadable Game.

Other multiple award winners included “Journey,” which won in three categories, including Best Independent Game, Best PS3 Game, and “Halo 4” which won two awards, including Best Xbox 360 Game, and “Borderlands 2” which took home awards for Best Shooter and Best Multi-Player Game.

Additional awards included “Half-Life 2” which was revealed as the Entertainment Weekly and Spike VGA Best Game of the Decade.  From “Batman: Arkham City” to “Wii Sports” and “World of Warcraft,” fans cast their ballots for their favorite game from the past ten years on EW.com/VGA and voted “Half-Life 2” the winner.  Additionally, fans determined the winner of the Character of the Year category by voting live on vga.spike.com, and awarded Claptrap from “Borderlands 2” with the honor.

The “VGAs” debuted never-before-seen world premieres of the most anticipated games of 2013 and beyond including two surprise world premieres of Moby Dick Studios’ “The Phantom Pain,”  “From Software’s “Dark Souls II,” as well as Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us,” Epic Games’ “Gears of War: Judgment,” Obsidian Entertainment’s “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” Konami’s “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2,” 2K Games’ “BioShock Infinite,” Square Enix’s “Tomb Raider,” Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington,” and Microsoft Studios’ “Halo 4: Spartan Ops.”

“VGA” fans were treated to groundbreaking interactivity that let viewers “play” the show as it happened live in Los Angeles.  Polls and viewer responses affected how the show progressed such as which video, music, set environments, props and custom exclusive videos they wanted to see next.

This year’s show included presenters and appearances by major stars from all over the entertainment world, including host Samuel L. Jackson, returning hosts Snoop Lion, Jack Black and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as Jessica Alba, Zachary Levi, Johnny Galecki, Adam Scott and “The Walking Dead’s” Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Robert Kirkman.  The show also featured a show-stopping rendition of “Castle of Glass,” by Grammy Award-winning recording artists Linkin Park.  Additionally, Tenacious D ended the show with a jaw-dropping performance of “Rize Of The Fenix.”

The “VGAs” also featured an epic musical Game of the Year tribute scored by Grammy Award-winning film and video game composer Lorne Balfe.

A full list of winners is included below:

 Game of the Year - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Studio of the Year - Telltale Games

 Best XBOX 360 Game - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

Best PS3 Game - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

Best Wii / Wii-U Game - New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)

Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games/Firaxis Games)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Sony Computer Entertainment/Queasy Games)

Best Shooter - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Action Adventure Game - Dishonored (Bethesda Softworks/Arkane Studios)

 Best RPG - Mass Effect 3 (Electronic Arts/BioWare)

 Best Multi-Player Game - Borderlands 2 (2K Games/Gearbox Software)

 Best Individual Sports Game - SSX (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)

 Best Team Sports Game - NBA 2K13 (2K Sports/Visual Concepts)

 Best Driving Game - Need For Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts/Criterion Games)

 Best Fighting Game - Persona 4 Arena (Atlus/ARC System Works/Atlus)

 Best Adapted Video Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Independent Game - Journey (thatgamecompany)

 Best Graphics - Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)

 Best Song in a Game - “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes)

 Best Original Score - Journey (Sony Computer Entertainment/thatgamecompany)

 Best Performance By a Human Male - Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)

 Best Performance By a Human Female - Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead: The Game)

 Best Downloadable Game - The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)

 Best Social Game - You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)

 Best DLC - Dawnguard – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Softworks/Bethesda Game Studios)

 Most Anticipated Game - Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKETV as well as the hashtag #VGA.

Nominees for Spike TV’s “VGA TEN” were determined by the VGA Advisory Council, made up of a group of some of the most well-respected video game journalists from media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Game Informer, Joystiq, Kotaku, Polygon, IGN, GameTrailers, Gamespot, Wired.com, USA Today and Associated Press.

Mark Burnett, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan served as executive producers of Spike TV’s 2012 “VGAs.”

The on-air sponsors for “VGA TEN” were Chevrolet, Dr Pepper TEN, GameStop, Toshiba Laptops and KFC, while Dr Pepper TEN, Turtle Beach, Paramount Pictures’ “Jack Reacher,” and Relativity Media’s “Movie 43” will serve as the show’s digital sponsors.

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” Dec 4 Episode Sneak Peek – “Flash Challenge: Dimension”

December 3rd, 2012 by faziod
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Spike TV Inks New Seasons Of Original Series “Ink Master” And “Tattoo Nightmares”

December 3rd, 2012 by faziod

SPIKE TV INKS NEW SEASONS OF TWO OF THE NETWORK’S HIGHEST-RATED ORIGINAL SERIES

“Ink Master” Returns For A Third Season of 13 Episodes In Summer 2013 

Network Orders 26 Episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares”

New York, NY, December 3, 2012 – Furthering the network’s mission to expand its audience and demographics, Spike TV has greenlit new seasons of two of the network’s most broad-appealing and highest-rated series, “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” Season three of “Ink Master,” will debut in the summer of 2013 with 13 one-hour episodes. The 26 new episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares” will run in 2013. Both series will go back into production early in 2013.

“The real stakes and compelling drama that both ‘Ink Master’ and ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ deliver resonates with our ever-expanding audience,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series.

Season two (through 8 episodes, Oct 9-Nov 27) of “Ink Master,” is averaging 1.8 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-49 by 105% and Persons 18-34 by 132%.  “Ink Master” is hosted by music legend and tattoo aficionado Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judged by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). The show is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,”) with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter  serving as Executive Producers.

Premiering in October 2012 (through 7 episodes, Oct 16-Nov 27), “Tattoo Nightmares” is averaging 1.5 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-49 by an astounding 187%.  The show is produced by 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Friend Zone,” “Nail Files,” “Repo Games,” “Snooki & JWOWW”) with SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer as Executive Producers.  The series showcases real people with really bad tattoos who seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them.

Chris Rantamaki is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.”

About “Ink Master”:

Tattoo artists compete in various challenges that not only test their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’  These ‘human canvases’ range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep.  The challenges focus on different tattooing techniques such as contrast, adaptability, balance and dimension as well as styles including New School, photorealism, American traditional and pin-up.  After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of Navarro, Nunez, and Peck and a roster of guest judges.  Each individual artists’ work is critiqued and one contestant is sent home.   The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

About “Tattoo Nightmares”:

With more than 40 million Americans having at least one tattoo somewhere on their body, you are bound to come across bad permanent ink, ranging from hilarious tattoos to ones that are just downright disturbing pieces. The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the tattoo gun a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares (Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmine Rodriguez) can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.

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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