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October 12th, The Greatest Show On Television Returns

Exciting news time. On October 12th, 2008, at 10PM, on VH1, season 2 of The Pickup Artist begins. The original series spawned numerous parody videos, but nothing really compares to the real thing, which is already mostly a parody of itself. Although to be fair, the show, like From G’s to Gents, is a surprising mixture of the lowest brand of realitysploitation and genuine emotional uplift. Yes, the “contestants” are socially awkward men put into situations for the express purpose of national ridicule, hosted by a mascaraed Canadian sex clown in a feather-covered Jamiroquai hat, but the show also provides a refreshingly earnest dissection of the societal pressures on mahood and masculine sexuality, not to mention the loose and generally unstable framework upon which we all hang our sense of self-worth and our facade of confidence.

But mostly it’s ridiculous!

To make matters even more exciting, there will be a couple new twists to the new season. For one, a lady!

The Pickup Artist 2 brings a new twist to the show, as Mystery and Season 1 wing-man and fellow pickup artist Matador are joined by new wing-girl Tara. Viewers may remember Tara as Season 1’s kissing coach. In this second season she will expand her role by adding a female perspective. Tara will serve as full time wing-girl to Mystery and act as a confidant for the contestants.

Viewers most definitely remember Tara as Season 1’s kissing coach! What an exciting new twist! Finally, a woman in America who’s willing to sacrifice her dignity for the chance to appear on reality television. Some more.

But my favorite twist is Phoenix, Arizona.

This season, The Pickup Artist 2 moves to Phoenix, AZ, as the guys sample the local night life in hopes of perfecting their skills and winning the title of “Master Pickup Artist.” In each episode, one contestant will be declared the winner of a challenge and granted immunity from elimination, while the loser will be sent packing. The challenges this season are even more intense — and personal. The dating neophytes will be tested in a local supermarket, a charity auction and various area nightclubs outfitted with hidden cameras that capture women’s real responses to the contestants’ come-ons.

Nothing says lose your social anxiety, find romance, and become an alpha male like performing a humiliating reality TV show challenge in a Phoenix supermarket! That’s just like walking into a self-esteem factory!

Here’s a picture of the new cast!

October 12th, you guys. eMark your iCals.