Having met MTV’s Catfish show and been pleasantly surprised that it was not all fat and gross and stuff, viewers have made the show a big enough hit that it’s being renewed for a second season. The small-screen adaptation of the film of the same name from Nev Schulman and Max Joseph—which sidestepped all the questions about whether that movie was staged by putting up a more attractive picture of the universally recognized perils of online dating—pulled the network’s highest-ever ratings for an 11 p.m. premiere, and it continues to draw a decent number of people who already know that the hot young “exotic dancer” this dumb girl is in love with will turn out to be a paunchy dude in his thirties, but they want to see her face anyway. Of course, Catfish will only remain a success so long as people continue to lie about themselves on the Internet—“meaning it will run forever,” he typed with his rippling muscles, before heading off to his night job as an exotic dancer.
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