The Ones to Watch

Small Screen - Joe Schmo
February 1, 2004

Small Screen – Joe Schmo

While this reality series featuring one regular guy amongst a troupe of actors finished its run on U.S.-based Spike TV last fall, the show’s concept is still piquing interest – particularly in the U.K. C4 has pit actors with real people in shows such as Bedsitcom and My New Best Friend, and little wonder: with actors, you can direct them to be as irritating or as sweet as you want.

DVD – The Simple Life

Perhaps it’s not as exciting as that other Paris Hilton tape, but Fox Home Entertainment could be on to something with the quick release of The Simple Life DVD on Jan. 20 – one week after its run on the U.S. net. The two-disc DVD features seven eps, plus campy outtakes, and was cut during the making of the show. The quick release model could set a precedent, given the attention span of reality fans.

Big Screen – Neverland

This film will be a doc heavyweight, say distribs. Neverland: The Rise and Fall of the Symbionese Liberation Army, helmed by Oscar-nominated doc-maker Robert Stone and exec-produced by the BBC’s Nick Fraser, chronicles the terrorist group whose misdeeds culminated in the kidnapping of Patty Hearst. At press time, it was still seeking a theatrical distributor, but watch for a big push in the U.S. KV

About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.