March 11, 2004
Reality Doesn’t Bite
Even though 20 million people saw Adam Mesh take the walk of shame and ride the lonely bus home on the final episode of the first season of "Average Joe, " post reality show breakup, Mesh seems to be picking up the pieces very well.
Now he's turning the tables: The 28-year-old Jewish Joe will star in his very own show, "Average Joe: Adam Returns."
Apparently, the ladies couldn't get enough of Mesh: Women sent thousands of e-mails and letters wondering how they could get in touch with the mensch-turned-celebrity. Well, now some can -- 20 to be exact.
The women, whose identities remain a secret until the show airs, will vie for Mesh's love at a "dream house" in Palm Springs. The producers, Stuart Krasnow and Andrew Glassman, handpicked the ladies, seeking a grand match for the deserving stud.
"We know him really well," Glassman said, "it's almost like fixing up a friend."
Raised Reform, Mesh attends temple for the High Holidays, but says that Judaism is not a necessary ingredient for his leading lady.
"Religion is not a criteria," he told The Journal.
Although TV is not the most traditional forum for matchmaking, his family is very supportive.
"My mom is in all her glory, and she sends mass e-mails to all her friends telling them to watch," he said.
The details of the show will be a surprise to Mesh -- from the selection of women to the twists and turns for which the show is famous. But now that the world knows about his little fortune -- Mesh is a partner in a trading firm in New York City -- he is pretty sure that the producers will find a clever way to weed out which of the women is on the show for the wrong reasons. "I have always been a romantic.... What I am hoping for, and I don't know if it could happen, is that I meet the one person who kind of stops me, and she is the only person I am thinking about," he said.
The program is already in production, ladies, so it's too late to send in your resume. But you never know -- with all the reality show hookups and breakups, he just might be available after the show....
"Average Joe: Adam Returns" premieres Monday, March 15, 10 p.m. on NBC.