Griffin Hosts NBC's 'Average Joe'
Mon, May 12, 2003 04:59 PM PDT http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?31556
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - The NBC summer reality series "Average Joe" is like "Mr. Personality" without the silliness of those darned masks. Fittingly, the show's host will be Kathy Griffin, who is something like "Personality" host Monica Lewinsky only without the inherent silliness of actually being Monica Lewinsky. Even if that isn't true, one can only imagine that acerbic comic Griffin would have some fun with the comparison.
"Average Joe" will center on the inevitable single, hot female. This one is a beauty queen and former NFL cheerleader. She's moving into a multi-million dollar mansion in Palm Springs with the assumption that she's going to be wooed by 16 correspondingly hot male studs. The twist comes when she discovers that the house is full of normal guys. Sure, they may not be pretty and, frankly, they may be geeks, but they have good hearts and nice personalities.
Will the pom-pom twirler get rid of the nice guys in favor of the relatively more handsome chumps, or will she reevaluate her dating priorities and pick some balding guy with a beer belly who may not win any prizes for looks, but who shares her love of the wishbone offence and old Joe Piscopo films?
Griffin, who was the victor on this spring's "Celebrity Mole Hawaii," will take the Lewinsky role of host and confidant, skewering the behavior of all of the not-so-comely men. "Average Joe" continues the relationship Griffin forged on NBC while a regular on "Suddenly Susan."
"Average Joe" is executive produced by Stuart Krasnow ("America’s Most Talented Kid," "Dog Eat Dog") and comes, fittingly, from NBC Studios.