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‘Joe Schmo’: a pawn in their game

In a recent statement, the Spike channel called Chase Rogan “the true hero” of “The Joe Schmo Show.”

Chase, a 28-year-old agronomist with a menschy personality, is the titular schmo in the returning TV series, which drops an unsuspecting person into a completely fake reality competition. Thinking he’s competing to be a bounty hunter and win $100,000 on a series called “The Full Bounty,” Chase spends weeks living and performing challenges among a cast of actors all pretending to be reality TV types. Spike is calling him the true hero of the show, after treating him like a true dupe for the duration of the shoot.

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