The Pickup Artist (TV series)

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The Pickup Artist
GenreReality
Game show
Created by3Ball Productions
StarringMystery (Erik von Markovik)
James Matador (Stan Tayi)
J-Dog (Justin Marks)
Tara Ferguson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)J. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Adam Greener
Doug Wilson
Clair McCabe
Michael Hirschorn
Jeff Olde
Suzanne Murch
Producer(s)Angela Malloy
Editor(s)Taatshing Hui
Tim Preston
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time43 mins.
Production company(s)3Ball Productions
DistributorRDF Rights[1]
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Original runAugust 6, 2007 – November 30, 2008
External links
Website
 
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The Pickup Artist
GenreReality
Game show
Created by3Ball Productions
StarringMystery (Erik von Markovik)
James Matador (Stan Tayi)
J-Dog (Justin Marks)
Tara Ferguson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)J. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Adam Greener
Doug Wilson
Clair McCabe
Michael Hirschorn
Jeff Olde
Suzanne Murch
Producer(s)Angela Malloy
Editor(s)Taatshing Hui
Tim Preston
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time43 mins.
Production company(s)3Ball Productions
DistributorRDF Rights[1]
Broadcast
Original channelVH1
Original runAugust 6, 2007 – November 30, 2008
External links
Website

The Pickup Artist is an American reality television dating themed game show that aired on VH1.[2] The show was hosted by pickup artist Mystery (Erik von Markovik) and his wings J-Dog (Justin Marks) and James Matador, with Tara Ferguson replacing J-Dog in season 2. The first season featured eight male contestants that had previously been unsuccessful in love and relationships. Throughout the show the contestants are tutored in the art of the "pickup" as taught by Mystery and his wings. In each episode the men were given challenges that involved picking women up in different situations, such as on a bridge during the day or in a nightclub. As the show progressed the men were instructed to pick up women of varying levels of difficulty, such as in the second to last challenge of the first season where the men had to pick up a stripper, described by Mystery as "the ultimate challenge."[3] The winner of the first season was Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando.

The second season featured nine contestants and aired in October 2008,[4] with the second season's winner being 27-year-old Simeon Moses.

Seasons[edit]

SeasonPremiere DateFinale DateWinnerRunner-upLocation
1August 6, 2007September 24, 2007Alvaro "Kosmo" OrlandoBrady SprungerAustin, Texas
2October 12, 2008November 30, 2008Simeon MosesMatt RadmanovichPhoenix, Arizona

Season One[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Season 1 Cast
NameAgeStatus/Reason on ShowEliminated
Kosmo (Alvaro Orlando)23Freezes up around womenWinner
Brady25Lacking in self-confidence7th
Joe D.25The "friend" to girls6th
Pradeep22Over analyzes and talks too much5th
Joe W.24Starts off strong but often fails fast4th
Scott26Gets very nervous and stutters around women3rd
Fred4540 year old virgin, plus 52nd
Spoon (Steven Poon)27Does not know how to approach women1st

Episode Progress[edit]

Call-out Order
#Episode
12345678
1KosmoJoe D.Joe W.KosmoPradeepKosmoBradyKosmo
2BradyBradyKosmoJoe D.KosmoBradyKosmoBrady
3FredKosmoPradeepJoe W.Joe D.Joe D.Joe D.
4Joe D.Joe W.Joe D.BradyBradyPradeep
5Joe W.ScottScottPradeepJoe W.
6PradeepPradeepBradyScott
7ScottFredFred
8SpoonSpoon
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant quit the competition.
     The contestant won the title of the Pickup Artist.

Season Two[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Season 2 Cast
NameAgeAlso Known AsStatus/Reason for coming on the showEpisode Eliminated
Simeon Moses27The High-Pitched HottieCried when his girlfriend dumped himWinner
Matt Radmanovich26The guy with foot in his mouthFlew across the country and his girlfriend dumped him upon arrivalEpisode 8
Greg Fellows26The LonerHasn't had a date in 5 yearsEpisode 7
Rian Turner28Patron Saint of the OverlookedA virgin who has never even had a girlfriendEpisode 6
Brian Ly21The guy who never kissed a girl.Never kissed a girlEpisode 5
Todd Pabst26The Girl's Best FriendHas never had sexEpisode 4
Karl Meyer21The Brokenhearted KidHis only girlfriend broke up with him and broke his heartEpisode 3
Kevin Feng21Strike-out KingThe only girlfriend he's ever had cheated on himEpisode 2
Alex William Shelley22Women think he's gayVirgin, lives with his parentsEpisode 1

Episode Progress[edit]

Call-out Order
#Episode
12345678
1BrianBrianGregRianSimeonMattSimeonSimeon
2GregGregMattBrianMattSimeonMattMatt
3KarlToddBrianMattGregGregGreg
4KevinRianToddSimeonRianRian
5MattMattSimeonGregBrian
6RianSimeonRianTodd
7SimeonKarlKarl
8ToddKevin
9Alex
     The contestant won immunity.
     The contestant was chosen as a wingman and had immunity.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant won the title of the Pickup Artist.

Reception[edit]

The initial viewer ratings were disappointing, debuting with only 673,000 viewers.[5][6] Viewer ratings picked up by the season's end, resulting in the series being picked up for a second season.

Critical reception for the series was mixed, with the AV Club panning the second season's opening episode.[7]

Controversy[edit]

Controversy began to cloud The Pickup Artist after revelations that some of the contestants' livelihoods were not as they were listed on the VH1 show profiles.[8] Alvaro "Kosmo" Orlando had been referred to as a game programmer. But, he actually had been an aspiring actor for the previous four years - working out of Miami, New York, and Los Angeles.[9] Runner-up contestant Brady Sprunger was characterized as a shy photographer. But he had been working for a modeling agency, the Los Angeles based Action Agency, for five full years prior to the show's taping.

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