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Joe Millionaire
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TV Series
    (January 6, 2003-November 24, 2003)
    FOX
    Joes: Evan Marriott (season 1), David Smith (season 2)
    Hostesses: Alex McLeod (season 1), Samantha Harris (season 2)
    Butler: Paul Hogan
    Premise: an ordinary working stiff has to maintain the illusion that he is actually heir to a major fortune
    Location: Season 1 in France, Season 2 in Italy
    It ripped off The Bachelor.
    The ‘hostesses’ were only actively shown in the first episode. In each subsequent episode, they appeared only to remind the debutantes of the inevitable elimination ritual.
    Interestingly, almost none of the women bought the story but went along with it anyway (money talks).
    The music was stereotypical Masterpiece Theater.
    Because Americans were already familiar with the premise (and therefore unlikely to be caught with their pants down), the second season featured European women (Germany, Italy, Sweden, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands) — and a much higher greed factor.
    The European debs managed to speak near-perfect English at all times — even after a hangover.
    It gave us the nonsensical phrase ‘bread baggage,’ spoken in mangled French.
    Paul received more air time in any segment than the hostesses received during the entire season.
    Whereas the Bachelor always did it himself, Paul announced the candidates who were to advance to each following round.
    FOX found out the painful way that the premise, couldn't be done again.
    The novelty having long since worn off, the second season finale scored less than a third of the original’s audience.
    In post-show interviews, some of the debs admitted not being there for love at all.
    As catty as they were toward each other, the debutantes were almost always of one voice when viewing the ‘hostess’ as the equivalent of the Grim Reaper.
    Some group dates tested the values of those who advanced to that stage. Those who saw the Joes’ world as a mere playhouse tended to get a rude awakening. Those who saw it as a real environment with real people tended to fare better.
    Many group dates were filled with entertaining cat fights.
    David (the second Joe) had a better working relationship with Hurricane, a horse, than with the debs.
    Although Evan selected Zora, they eventually end their romantic involvement they remain on good terms with her.
    It won the 2004 ASCAP award.
    Sesame Street spoofed the series through a segment dubbed ‘Joe Hundred Guy’ (who could only count to 70!).
    FOX executives took responsibility for their greed in trying to revive the concept.

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