Invasion Iowa

Season 1 Episode 1

It Came from Hollywood

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Aired Weekdays 9:00 PM Mar 29, 2005 on Spike TV
7.5
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It Came from Hollywood
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William Shatner and his cast and crew roll into Riverside, Iowa, where he meets with the residents and informs them of his plan to film a sci-fi movie there. He convinces them that he's casting members of the town for roles as cast and crew on the movie, none of them knowing that they're actually part of a reality TV series and the movie, Invasion Iowa, is a fake. Shatner gets a small tour of the town, meets with the mayor, He and his team then do the "casting," choosing a wide mix of Iowans to be in the "movie." Among the cast are a farmer, a stand-up comedian, a reverend and many others. The cast learns their various roles and begins "filming" on the movie project. Later, they are all for an early screening of the film, which brings mixed reactions.moreless

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  • A great concept and a great gag that just doesn't deliver on its promise.

    5.1
    This is supposed to be reality TV, with a joke being played on an entire town. And it is watchable, and it is at times humorous, but it comes across more as a documentary on the process of making a movie.

    For fans of William Shatner, it shouldn't be missed, as we get to see him being himself, and overacting it at the same time.

    The townsfolk show us how ordinary people can act just as well as paid professional actors. That alone makes the mini-series worth watching.

    The stupid part is that the regular actors all have to portray stereotyped roles. The overacting they all do is sometimes just plain sad to watch.

    It is also a joke on the entire movie industry, and does a good job of spoofing the process of casting, auditions and directing.moreless
William Shatner

William Shatner

Himself, The Eccentric Star

Ernie Grunwald

Ernie Grunwald

Steve, Bill's Spiritual Adviser

Kirk Ward

Kirk Ward

Tiny, The Body Double

Michael J. O'Hara

Michael J. O'Hara

Herb, The Assistant

Desi Lydic

Desi Lydic

Gryffyn, The Actress

Brook Lemke

Brook Lemke

Phony Movie Cast Member

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