PAX TV's 'Cold Turkey II' reality series sequel to premiere April 19
By Reality TV World staff, 04/05/2005
PAX TV has announced that Cold Turkey II, the sequel to its Fall 2004 Cold Turkey reality series, will premiere Tuesday, April 19 at 9PM ET/PT.
Originally scheduled to premiere March 15 until PAX made a last-minute decision to postpone its debut, Cold Turkey II will feature ten new unsuspecting participants who will attempt to quit smoking while living in a smoke-free San Diego mansion.
Once again hosted by A.J. Benza, Cold Turkey II will begin with a Joe Schmo-like con in which the ten contestants believe they have joined the cast of the new reality adventure show called Pushing the Limits.
After being dropped in the middle of the Grand Canyon the participants will be greeted by former For Love Or Money host Jordan Murphy. Pretending to be the host of the fictional Pushing the Limits, Murphy will convince the participants that everything they are about to experience is real. Assisted by two undercover actors masquarading as non-smoking contestants, Murphy will lead the cast through three days of challenges and eliminations that while appearing to be legitimate activities of Pushing the Limits, are actually designed to secretly test the smokers' lungs.
Once the three days have passed, Cold Turkey host Benza will arrive and break the truth to the contestants -- that Murphy is bogus, that the challenges were all fake, and that the eliminations were all phony. Having learned the truth, the show's ten real contestants will then have to decide if they want to lose their cigarettes and participate in the real reality show -- the second edition of PAX TV's Cold Turkey.
The ten contestants appearing in the second season of Cold Turkey are:
Michele Angevine, a 25-year-old veterinary technician from Brooklyn, New York
I-Fu Pete Chen, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed computer geek and IT manager from Atlanta, Georgia
Christian Driggs, a 25-year-old construction worker and surfing instructor from Wyckoff, New Jersey
Jessie Gibson, a 29-year-old office manager for a not-for-profit organization from New York, New York
Brenda Hawkins, a 60-year-old retired truck driver from Blue Springs, Missouri
Chelsea Merrick, a 21-year-old journalism student from Austin, Texas
AJ Ramirez, a 50-year-old mortician who has handled over 7,000 funerals in the past 30 years from Alice, Texas
Linda Reinecke, a 45-year-old mother from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Greg Rizzo, a 40-year-old stock broker and part-time musician who works on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Brad Robinson, a 27-year-old restaurant and nightclub manager and aspiring actor from Los Angeles, California
Cold Turkey II is produced by Visual Frontier, Inc. in association with Krasnow Productions. Stuart Krasnow, who created NBC's Average Joe and Bravo's Manhunt, and Kevin Williams (Average Joe) are executive producers.