Spike TV revives 'Joe Schmo' reality prank series -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Schmo is back!

Spike TV is reviving its classic faux reality series The Joe Schmo Show, where a group of actors fool a TV wannabe into thinking he’s on the most insane competition series ever. Returning after nine years off the air, Spike will launch a new edition in 2013 titled Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty.

In this version, the contestant believes he is on a new reality show looking for America’s next great bounty hunter. His castmates are collection of reality TV clichés — including Lorenzo Lamas, playing himself. The “Joe” will face bounty hunting-related challenges like learning how to defuse a “bomb” and interrogating a hostile witness, not knowing everybody else on the show is in on the joke.

Ralph Garman (Family Guy) is reprising his role as the show’s host.

The first season of The Joe Schmo Showin 2003 was one of the highest-rated programs in Spike’s history, with the show’s finale delivering 3.4 million viewers. Spike will reveal more details about the show, such as the Joe’s identity, in the coming months (the 10-episode season was quietly taped in July, so the poor guy is already committed).

Here’s a first look at the show’s cast and click here to check out the trailer:

Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty debuts in the first quarter of next year.

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