For every successful and groundbreaking reality television show (“The Bachelor,” “Survivor”), there have been dozens of short-lived and long-forgotten imitators, some of which were truly bizarre. And not always in a good way.
“Joe Millionaire” (Fox, 2003)
Attempting to expand on the format perfected by “The Bachelor,” Fox debuted “Joe Millionaire” just one year later, pitting contestants against each other for the affections of an average Joe whom they believed to be rich. Over a decade later, star Evan Marriott is still apologizing for deceiving those women.
“The Glass House” (ABC, 2012)
ABC put 14 contestants into a house, and let America vote to decide who would be evicted and who would win $250,000. But with low ratings and a lawsuit from CBS claiming the show was a ripoff of “Big Brother,” “The Glass House” lasted just one season.