‘Joe Schmo’ Show Season 4 – Can They Pull it Off Again?

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After weeks of watching Chase Rogan truly earn his “good guy” title on Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty, the time had finally come to reveal to this year’s “Joe Schmo” that the show he was on was, in fact, fake. But as fans of the series reveled in Rogan’s tearful response to news, one question continued to linger: Could they do it again? Is a season 4 possible?

The return of The Joe Schmo Show on Spike in 2013 was, for fans of the series at least, something they thought would never happen. When the show first premiered in 2003, Matt Kennedy Gould, the original “Schmo”, participated in a show he thought was called Lap of Luxury where, like with The Full Bounty, Ralph Garman as well as a stable of actors (including Kristin Wigg, who had to be taken to the hospital for a head injury) helped guide Gould through television’s most chaotic “reality” show of which he was the star.

After the much talked about finale reveal aired, in which Gould’s famous catchphrase, “What is going ON?!?,” was uttered, Spike decided to try it again, in The Joe Schmo Show 2. This time, things didn’t exactly go as planned.

joe schmo show season 1 Joe Schmo Show Season 4   Can They Pull it Off Again?The Joe Schmo Show Season 1 Cast (Gould, back-left)

In what was titled Last Chance for Love, The Joe Schmo Show tried to one-up themselves from the first season, this time having two “Joe Schmos”, Tim Walsh and Ingrid Wiese, battle it out in a crazed Bachelor/Bachelorette-esque game with actors and of course, Ralph Garman helping to guide them along their journey. And then… ‘Joe Schmo’ found out.

During early stages of filming, a day-player (not cast member) on the show revealed to Wiese that her agent helped get her booked for the show. This helped plant the seed in Wiese’s mind that something else was going on. What finally secured her doubt was when a cast member, who was supposedly telling Wiese a secret, stopped to allow a cameraman to change his battery. Shortly after, Wiese began to say in her interviews that she didn’t believe what was happening was real. Fortunately all was not lost, as Walsh, the other “Schmo”, still remained clueless.

In an attempt to make best of what happened, producers decide reveal to Wiese what was going on, ultimately turning her in to another actor in the cast. In the end, Walsh remained oblivious throughout. But for some reason, the second season finale reveal just wasn’t as rewarding as it was the first time. Perhaps The Joe Schmo Show had run its course. As it turns out, Spike had other ideas.

joe schmo show season 2 Joe Schmo Show Season 4   Can They Pull it Off Again?The Joe Schmo Show Season 2 Cast

In late 2012, Spike announced that The Joe Schmo Show would be returning for season 3, called “The Full Bounty”. This time tapping “good guy” Chase Rogan as their new “Schmo”, fans began to wonder if Spike could really pull it off again, especially after what happened last time. Ralph Garman once again returned as host, and a new group of actors were cast in their stereotypical roles. As they say, third time’s the charm.

For all intents and purposes, The Joe Schmo Show: The Full Bounty was an almost perfect execution of the series’ intended format. Sure, the first season of the show was as enjoyable and as talked about as anyone would have hoped; however, season 3 saw lofty goals being set and executed (almost) perfectly, sometimes too perfectly. Sometimes pushing the limits of believability, Rogan did become suspicious about what’s going on. Thankfully, the many months they spent casting paid off.

As it turns out, Rogan really is a good guy, not just someone who is oblivious about what’s going on. Sure, he had his doubts, but it was his “good guy” trust in those contestants (actors) he considered close friends as well Ralph Garman that helped keep him onboard until the end. And with fans of the series consistently celebrating the show, the question of another must be asked.

joe schmo show season 3 Joe Schmo Show Season 4   Can They Pull it Off Again?The Joe Schmo Show: The Full Bounty Cast

Television loves its celebrated hits, and The Joe Schmo Show certainly falls into that category. Of course, what they love more is replicating celebrated hits over and over, season after season. But even though the third, delayed outing for Joe Schmo proved to be successful in every way, the way the second season played out might cause some doubts that a season 4 could happen anytime soon.

After all, Ralph Garman, who is an essential, required staple of the show, can easily be seen, heard and Google’d with ease. And with today’s social media network world, it doesn’t take much for people to remember quick phrases, like “fake reality show” and “joe schmo”, that may pass whatever social “timeline” they follow. So can The Joe Schmo Show season 4 happen? Absoutely. How? One word: casting.

It’s all about the casting, really. Statistically, there are more people who never watched or never heard of The Joe Schmo Show than have. Right now there around 115 million households, not people, in the US with televisions, 57 million with cable television. Out of that, let’s be overly generous and say that 15 million households either know of or watch The Joe Schmo Show. That’s still 100 million households with television that have no idea this show even exists. Even with an average 2.5 people per household, that still leaves a large selection of the population, likely men (thanks to “Joe-anne Schmo” in season 2), to choose from for season 4.

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Even though statistics are on their side, producers are still going to have to spend a lot of time trying to cast the next “Joe”. While the large number of potential “Joes” are true, you also have to take into account the likelihood of someone going to a casting call, which shrinks your numbers by quite a bit. The only question, really, is: how can they make sure Ralph Garman returns as host. But again, it’s all down to statistics and casting.

So here’s a bit of a warning from Garman: “…the next time a shaman gives you a spirit animal, or a convict escapes when you’re watching him, or you’re forced to hold a gun on a complete stranger, you just might be on The Joe Schmo Show.”

But if you’re reading this article or watched the show, don’t count on it.

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  1. this guy does so many voices.

  2. LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Each episode was hilarious, and the finale was great. LOVE me some Ralph Garman, that man’s so talented, he needs more acting gigs. Loved the shout-out he give, in character, to Hollywood Babble-On during the finale. That’s his amazing podcast he hosts with Kevin Smith, check it out on iTunes! GARMY STRONG!

  3. I never watched season 1 or 2, but I do remember the commercials for season 1 with the guy saying “what is going on.” I watched season 3 only because I listen to Ralph Garman on Hollywood Babble On and he mentioned it. As a member of the Garmy, I felt obliged to watch. I’m not a reality TV fan, so I never expected to watch very many episodes. However, I was pleasantly surprised and actually enjoyed this show. I would watch a fourth season.

  4. Actually there was a Joe Schmo of a sorts between JS2 and 3. The same people who did this show created Invasion Iowa, where William Shatner and a cast of actors pretended to be making a movie. The big reveal was basically on the whole town. The show was otherwise fairly similar in format.

  5. This sounds odious.

  6. Really enjoyed season 3. It probably helps to enjoy reality shows, though I do think it’s odd that all three male Schmoes have come from Pittsburgh (do they not get Spike?)
    I would have thought they would have had a season 4 in the can (before the promos for Season 3 aired). Don’t know what the format could be…
    But hats off to the cast and crew. Rogan was a great Schmo, having Lamas was a nice touch but I did think the producers had blown it at various points…

  7. Great show, loved it, love Hollywood babble-on. But it’s Kristen Wiig, not Wigg

  8. Season 2 of Joe Schmo was the best season.
    It was hilarious and perfectly ridiculous! I’d love Joe Schmo Season 4 to be more like season’s 1 and 2 (especially 2 because the editors for that season did a spectacular job!).

  9. This was one if the funniest shows my family watched. Please keep them coming. They are awesome.

  10. A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change. HURRY UP ALREADY =) JK hope the show will be as great as the rest…

  11. If you don’t want Ralph Garman to get recognized, put some make-up on him or a change his hair color and facial hair. There has to be another season. This is my favorite show ever.