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Clueless generation? MTV show 'Catfish' boosted by Notre Dame Manti Te'o scandal

By April MacIntyre Jan 17, 2013, 23:27 GMT

Clueless generation? MTV show 'Catfish' boosted by Notre Dame Manti Te'o scandal

In a crazy unfolding fish tale, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is at the center of a fake girlfriend scandal that has embarrassed the Notre Dame football team.  It is convoluted tale seemingly taken from the script of MTV's hit reality series "Catfish."

There are so many bizarre holes in his story, that is boggles the mind that a young man would have had a three year relationship withouth ever meeting this allegedl love interest, let alone refer to "her" as his "girlfriend."

MTV has announced the pick-up of a second season of its hit series "Catfish: The TV Show".  Following the success of Rogue Pictures and Relativity Media’s critically acclaimed 2010 documentary-thriller “Catfish,” the MTV series “Catfish: The TV Show” tackles the mystery and complexities of dating in a digital world.

“’Catfish: The TV Show’ has truly captured the zeitgeist of the digital dating age,” said Dave Sirulnick, Executive Vice President, MTV Multiplatform.  “The show has resonated with our audience by portraying the real life journeys of individuals trying to navigate the highs and lows of online dating – an experience our viewers can relate to.  We are thrilled to bring the show back for a second season, and look forward to the fascinating stories that only Nev and Max can uncover."

The hour-long series follows Nev Schulman, whose own online love drama was the subject of the “Catfish” film, and filmmaker Max Joseph as they take viewers on a deeply personal journey that goes inside the stories of young people as their online-only romantic relationships collide with first-time, real-life encounters.

On the next all-new episode, airing on Monday, January 7 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, Joe was skeptical when former Miss Teen USA, Kari Ann Peniche, sent him a friend request. Now, after months of intense communication, Joe thinks it might be the real Kari Ann, and that he also might have found love with her.  Has Joe really discovered his dream girl, or is Kari Ann someone else entirely?   

Now as details unfold surrounding Manti Te’o’s strange story of an internet girlfriend who never existed, people are calling Te’o’s saga: “Catfish” - an internet dating hoax.

So it’s no surprise that now many are saying Te’o’s story seems similar to Schulman’s “Catfish” tales.

"I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online," he said in a statement cited by ESPN.com.

"We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her. To realize that I was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies was, and is painful and humiliating. ...”

Schulman was quick to jump to Te’o’s defense, telling MTV the football star’s story is similar to his own.

"It's very embarrassing, of course. No one likes to admit that they got scammed or duped, especially when you retell the story in an abbreviated version. It generally sounds sort of ridiculous that you fell for it," Schulman told MTV. “It's hard to understand what people go through unless you're there with them, much like my story

Schulman even sent a message to Te’o via Twitter.

“I know how you feel,” he wrote to Te’o. “It happened to me. I want to help tell your story & prevent this from happening to others in the future. Let’s talk.”

"Catfish: The TV show" airs Monday nights at 11 p.m. ET on MTV.



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