The way that The Miz sees it, his recently-launched reality TV show, Miz & Mrs., is a longer-term play, which means that through time, the fanbase increases.
“Our show is pretty new. I mean, we’re six weeks in,” The Miz told SLAM! Wrestling on the phone in late August.
The program, which began on July 24, 2018, airs on the USA Network. It has already developed a following, he said.
“Usually it takes a couple of seasons to get a whole new fan base, with a new show. But I’ve been noticing it, my wife’s been noticing it. We’ll be shopping somewhere and someone will be like, ‘I love Miz & Mrs., it’s incredible. We have fun watching it. We really enjoy it.'”
The goal is to entertain and amuse, showcasing the ups and downs of their lives as celebrities and especially as new parents, with the arrival of their daughter Monroe.
“We set out to make people laugh on our show. We wanted it to be real, we wanted people to see what it’s like to live in the life of The Miz and Maryse. I think it’s a great depiction of that. It’s a lot of comedy. Our hell is your comedy.”
Of course, The Miz has plenty of experience with reality TV, and not just from his long run as a WWE superstar. Back in 2001, Mike Mizanin was on the tenth season of MTV’s reality show The Real World, and a spin-off, Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
In an interview with Postmedia’s Jan Murphy at SummerSlam media day, The Miz also talked about the show, and how he never really set out to do it.
“I was never aiming to do a reality show. The reason I was never aiming to do it is because when I was on The Real World, when I got done with it, we were looked at as the scum of the Earth, that we had no talent, that we were hacks. So that was what was looked at on reality stars back then,” Miz recalled in Brooklyn.
Maryse was a part of the E! reality show Total Divas, so, like Total Bellas is a spin-off from the original, so is the six-episode initial run of Miz & Mrs.
The Miz said that he had a “chip on my shoulder” from his time on MTV, and the world has caught up.
“I loved being a reality star. I loved being on MTV and The Real World and challenges, it’s just everybody else, what everybody else thought. So now, though, it’s different,” he told Murphy. “The look of it is different, and everything is a reality show, whether you’re on social media, or you have your own show, it’s YouTube, everything’s a reality show. So we said, if we could be executive producers of the show, really control what we want to do, then we’re into it. We’ve made a show that we’re absolutely proud of, and obviously the audience is enjoying it because it’s getting huge numbers.”
There will be more too. The USA Network renewed the show in mid-August for a 14-episode second season.
— with files from Jan Murphy, Postmedia