Spike TV's launch of new 'Joe Schmo' satire of reality series seen as start of a new trend -- the "reality-sitcom"
By Wade Paulsen, 07/28/2003
The New York Times reports on the rise of a new breed of reality-TV shows: the so-called "reality-sitcom," which is now seen by some producers as the next wave of reality. Three shows are considered to be the leading wave of the genre:
The duped contestant in Joe Schmo, Matt Kennedy Gould, thought he was competing for $100,000 on a new reality show entitled Lap of Luxury and, according to the show's producers, became totally committed to the "show" and its outrageous challenges (such as being handcuffed, dipped in honey and rolling on money). The humor of the show is built around his unwitting reactions to the bizarre events around him, similar to Candid Camera.
However, apparently Matt was none too pleased to learn that the "show" was really a vehicle to humiliate him, not a real contest ... to the point that he has refused to participate with the producers, Stone Stanley Productions, in promoting Joe Schmo. We can't say that we blame him.