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TV Preview: Stars Play Joe Schmoes in CBS's April Foolish 'I Get That a Lot'

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By John Maynard
Special to The Washington Post
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Jared the Subway guy has put on some weight.

That's about the only revelation to be had watching CBS's "I Get That a Lot," a forgettable hidden-camera special with celebrities posing as service-oriented employees to confuse the regular folks who wind up being their customers.

Jared Fogle, the Subway spokesman who became famous for losing 245 pounds by eating at the sandwich franchise, is one such celebrity. Disguised as a worker at a Subway, Fogle serves up subs as he denies his true identity to baffled customers. But some unfortunate camera angles also reveal that Fogle is no longer the svelte spokesman he used to be. One too many $5 footlongs, perhaps?

"I Get That a Lot" takes a cute concept and swiftly drives it into overkill. Rapper-actor Ice-T sells sneakers, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst runs a cash register, singer LeAnn Rimes waits tables and Jessica Simpson fixes computers. Naturally, the stars prove completely incompetent at their jobs.

A segment with model Heidi Klum -- working the counter at a pizza place -- wanders into bizarre territory. After Klum flirts with young African American customer, who responds in kind, she hands him over a burnt piece of pizza and says, "I made it nice and chocolate-y, just like you are."

Not sure of the joke there, but the obnoxious laugh track signifies that it's a funny one.

In character, Klum also whines about making $10.25 an hour at the pizza joint. It's another big hit with the laugh track, though it might not go over too well with the growing number of people who are out of jobs entirely.

I Get That a Lot (one hour) premieres tonight at 8 on Channel 9.


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