Faking the Video

MTV - Music Television (ended 2004)
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  • What if you got the career break of a lifetime working in LA on a huge music video for MTV? That's what happened to six hopefuls from across the country. Thinking they were hired to work as production assistants on a multi-artist music video campaign, they instead find themselves Faking the Video! The whole shoot--the song, the crew, the artists--was a giant hoax designed to find out which of our PAs would endure the shoot-from-hell to get their big break. Every detail was planned and rehearsed by a team of improvisational actors who played the key crew members. Hidden cameras captured every twist and turn as our PAs were put to the test. In a process of elimination, the group unwittingly competed for a cash prize and a chance to work with famed music video director Wayne Isham. We're Not Making The Video We're Faking The Video!moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 7

    One Big Disaster Day

    Aired 7/5/04

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Two PAs Left

    Aired 6/28/04

  • S 1 : Ep 5


    Aired 6/21/04

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Bling-Bling Music Video Set

    Aired 6/14/04

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Silent Diva

    Aired 6/7/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Smith Cho

    Fake Wardrobe Stylist

  • Stephanie Courtney

    Fake Producer

  • Lance Barber

    Fake Director

  • Mikey Day

    Fake PA

  • Nick Lachey


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Crew Member: "Enter Gumby!" (Upon seeing Sean wearing a tight, full body, green screen suit and face paint)

    • Thurston: I am so sorry, Ms. Branch. Don't cry. Don't cry. (After Michelle indicates not liking her costume)

    • Michelle Branch: I'm not liking it. Looks like sh-t. (To Smith about her costume)

    • Sean: Hollywood is so anal, dude. I'm sick of this sh-t!

    • Billy, Fake Director: Sean get back to work! Sean: (whispering to Doug) I'm gonna f--king kick that f--king Dickie Roberts looking ass.

    • Bubba Sparxxx: You know how doing something bad feels so good sometimes? (laughs)

    • Backup Dancer: Ya got on tighty whities? Sean: What do you think?

    • Crew Member: You want to come down? Rikki: I'm being seen, not heard.

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    Notes (19)

    • Fake Crew members Stephanie Courtney and Mikey Day have both previously guest starred on WB's Angel.

    • PA stands for Production Assistant.

    • Casey is the first PA to be eliminated.

    • The six PAs are: Thurston, Sean, Rikki, Diana, Doug, and Casey.

    • The PAs are told they are working on a multi-artist music video for a song entitled, "Making My Way".

    • Omarion's second appearance on the series.

    • No one was eliminated on this episode.

    • It is revealed that Thurston's last name is Campbell.

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    Trivia (1)

    • There will be no goofs for this television show because it isn't a scripted show.

    Allusions (8)

    • The Reference: Sandra Sanchez
      Sandra Sanchez is a trained ballet dancer. Sandra's first starring television role was on MTV, where she hosted Burned, which aired last year in 2003.

    • The Reference: Omarion
      Omarion used to be a member of the music quartet, B2K. Now a solo artist, Omarion was last seen in the January 2004 movie You Got Served alongside his cousin, J-Boog.

    • The Reference: Michelle Branch
      Bursting onto the music scene with her debut album, The Spirit Room in 2001, Michelle quickly made sure she was here to stay with guest spots on popular tv shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. Her songs quickly became a summer hit, and in April 2003, she released her sophomore album Hotel Paper.

    • The Reference: Sleepy Brown
      Sleepy Brown is a member of the Dungeon Family, a group formed by rappers Outkast. He has worked with many artists including Beyonce, Ludacris, and Bubba Sparxxx. Sleepy Brown currently has a single out entitled, I Can't Wait, featuring Outkast.

    • The Reference: Bubba Sparxxx
      Georgian rapper Bubba Sparxx debuted in 2001, with his album Dark Days, Bright Nights which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, Bubba released the followup to his Dark Days, Bright Nights album, Deliverance. It's first single was Ugly.

    • The Reference: Monica
      Monica has been in the music scene since 1995 with her debut album Miss Thang. Discovered at a talent show and then introduced to Dallas Austin, Monica was only 14 when her debut album was released. After a brief hiatus, Monica returned to the music scene with her sophmore album entitled The Boy Is Mine. The leading single was of the same name and was a collaboration with Brandy. The Boy Is Mine quickly became a summer favorite. Monica's newest album is After The Storm, released in 2003.

    • The Reference: JC Chasez
      JC is best known as one of the members of the once-popular boy band, N*Sync. Currently on a hiatus from the group, JC has expanded out on a solo career, where he released his solo debut album Schizophrenic earlier this year (2004).

    • The Reference: Nick Lachey
      First skyrocketing to fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees, Nick has since launched a solo career with the release of his album, SoulO. Nowadays, he is more popular as a reality tv show star than a musical artist. He stars in Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica alongside his wife, pop phenom Jessica Simpson. A huge hit for MTV, it has proven to be a hit for the loving couple as well.

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