Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty

2003, TV Show

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Is Reality TV Real? TV Gets A Dose of Shows That Are Proudly Fake

The Joe Schmo Show

When fired Storage Wars star Dave Hester ("Yuuup!") filed suit in December against A&E and Original Productions, accusing them of rigging the show by planting valuable items in some storage units, he reignited an old debate questioning how "real" reality TV actually is. Other series, like TLC's Breaking Amish, have weathered criticism that participants' backgrounds were embellished. And it's now widely accepted that docusoaps like MTV's The Hills were heavily scripted.

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Premiered: September 02, 2003, on Spike
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A man believes he's signed on for a reality show, but his 'competitors' are actually improv actors portraying stereotypes.

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