TBS RE-IMAGINES REALITY HOAX SERIES, "THE JOE SCHMO SHOW"
NEW YORK (May 17, 2023) - TBS takes prank TV to a whole new level with a re-imagined version of "The Joe Schmo Show" premiering next year, it was announced today by Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, Warner Bros. Discovery, during the company's 2023 Upfront presentation at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hosted by five-time Emmy(R) Award nominee, Cat Deeley, this show within a show takes aim at the absurdity of reality TV by making a regular guy believe he is competing on a reality show, when he is in fact, surrounded by a cast of highly skilled improv comedians. Reality TV has come a long way since 2003 when the original Joe Schmo Show was watched by more than 44 million viewers. This new take on the iconic format promises to be even bigger, wilder, and more mind-blowing.
"When The Joe Schmo Show launched 20 years ago, it was ahead of its time," said Jason Sarlanis, President, Turner Networks, ID and HLN, linear & streaming. "In rebooting this classic for a modern, savvy audience, it gives us the opportunity to comment on the often absurd and hilarious tropes of reality television in ways our viewers will love."
MTV Entertainment Studios and Fly on the Wall produced "The Joe Schmo Show" for TBS with original creators, Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool).
TBS, a Warner Bros. Discovery brand, is a top-rated destination for television among young adults and known for escapist, good-time entertainment, featuring smart, imaginative characters with heart and comedic edge. From unscripted and scripted comedy series to game shows, and animated programming, TBS' Originals slate is comprised of some of the most popular shows on cable - "AEW: Dynamite," "AEW: All Access," "American Dad!," "Miracle Workers," "Wipeout," "Friday Night Vibes," and "The Cube" along with upcoming series, "I Survived Bear Grylls" and "Stupid Pet Tricks". TBS' lineup also includes comedy hits like "Young Sheldon" and "The Big Bang Theory," classic sitcom favorites such as "Friends," blockbuster movies, and live event coverage of Major League Baseball, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship and "ELEAGUE," Warner Bros. Discovery's eSports gaming competition. Website: www.tbs.com
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