The Lap of Luxury was a Big Brother-style reality tv show filmed for Spike TV in 2003. The format is familiar: 9 contestants living in a house together, all trying to win immunity, prevent themselves from being voted out and vying to win a $100,000 prize while facing down a smarmy host. Except... only one of them, a guy named Matt Kennedy Gould, was really a contestant. The rest were actors, playing stereotypical reality show roles. The series was scripted, heavily improvised and entirely created around Matt -- his very own Truman Show. Welcome to Joe Schmo. [more inside]
He's the owner of a formerly Nashville/Country-themed cable network attempting a massive rebranding into "The First Network for Men" through a heavy schedule of wrestling, A-Team reruns, and original cartoons featuring Pamela Anderson as a stripper-slash-crimefighter. He's an outspoken though provocative filmmaker who seeks to bring awareness to the trials and tribulations of the African-American experience. They sue each other! Guest starring Johnnie Cochran, weekdays at 7 on whatever the network ends up being named.