July 16, 2008 05:06 PM by Joe Reality
Comedy Central is getting into the reality business. Reality Bites Back will be the network’s first unscripted competition series. In the series, ten comedians will compete in weekly parodies of notorious reality TV shows. Some of the shows that will be mocked include American Idol, Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Biggest Loser and more.
Some examples of the parodies include American Gladiators becoming the hyper-nationalistic Almost-American Gladiators. In this challenge, comedians will do battle with roided-out Border Patrol Agents. And Dancing With The Stars becomes Hunting With The Stars, where comedians shoot down their d-list partners.
“It makes total sense that the way Comedy Central would choose to get into the reality game is by making fun of it. The nice surprise that came out of making the competition real is that viewers actually root for a winner,” said Lauren Corrao,who is Comedy Central’s President of Original Programming and Development.
The comedian contestants include Kyle Cease, Chris Fairbanks, Jeff Garcia, Red Grant, Tiffany Haddish, Bert Kreischer, Mo Mandel, Donnell Rawlings, Amy Schumer And Theo Von. Of course, the name Theo Von should be very familiar to reality TV fans, as he has previously appeared on both MTV Road Rules and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.
Michael Ian Black will serve as the host of the show, and one comedian will get eliminated from the program every week. The winner of the show will receive the magnificent title of Lord of All Reality and also a fifty thousand dollar cash prize.
“I believe ‘Reality Bites Back’ will do for reality television shows what ‘Alf’ did for extraterrestrial puppet shows,” said host Michael Ian Black.
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