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This week, Entertainment Tonight takes a look at Showville's poster, while the headline of the Chicago Reader's Small Town Security review describes the show as "really good." Plus, TheWrap highlights one of Showville's contestants. Read on for more:
• Entertainment Tonight presents an exclusive first look at Showville's new poster, calling the show "a celebration of performing."
• The Chicago Reader thinks Small Town Security is "claustrophobic, visually repellent and really good."
• "AMC is bringing Hollywood to small town America," TheWrap says of Showville, offering a sneak peek at a promo that features an aspiring dancer, Midge.
Christa Stephens from AMC's original series Small Town Security talks about trying out for American Idol and refusing to lose her Southern accent.
Q: Now that Small Town Security is back, do you have any rituals for watching it? Like, do you and friends get together and watch.
A: Me and Joan and all of us will get together and watch the shows, and we'll have little viewing parties and at my mother's as well... As far as people that I actually hang out with, that has changed because some people don't agree with the show -- I think they thought it made our town look stupid. And so it's like, I keep a tight leash on who my friends are.
Q: What is it like watching yourself? Do you ever get embarrassed?
A: Yeah. Sometimes I do. I have my blonde moments, as they say. I'm not a stupid person, but sometimes it takes me a minute to get things. I'll be like, "What? Oh." So yeah, there are times that I feel like, "Christa. Seriously."
Q: What are the perks from being on the show?
A: Dennis and I we like to mingle with the fans. I had read a comment [on Facebook] where a girl had watched Episode 2 from Season 1 and said, "The secretary sounds like she can really sing!" And when I read that, I thought, Well that was really nice and so I clicked on her name and friend-requested her... If it wasn't for our fans, we wouldn't have a show.
Q: Speaking of singing, you actually tried out for American Idol. What was that like?
This season, Small Town Security's Chief Joan Koplan shares weekly workplace wisdom in her "Ask Joan" advice column. This week? Joan fields questions about bathroom etiquette, amorous advances, and lazy employees.
Q: How do you deal with someone who is really loud in the bathroom? Is there 'bathroom etiquette' I should follow?" -- Dizzy
A: I think if a person is loud in the bathroom, that's just the way they are. We all have peculiarities. It's OK as far as I'm concerned. If they work well in the office and they do everything else that they're supposed to do, then the bathroom thing is no big deal. I don't think there's any point to carrying on over something like that. Anybody who works for me who does an excellent job, I can excuse their quirks. For example -- and he's going to get angry at me for mentioning him, I don't give a shit -- Brian does some things that annoy me. Like, I was just sitting here and he was getting me coffee. He put some kind of stuffed animal in my face and it scared the hell out of me. When I have an argument with him about something and I know that I'm right and he's wrong, it doesn't matter. He cannot think for one minute that he's wrong and I'm right. So I just have to walk away. I do always get the last word, though, like "Kiss my ass" or "Stick it" or something. So that ends it. But Brian not only does a great job, he treats this company like it's his company. That's how devoted he is to it. So I'm willing to put up with anything that he says, because he's a wonderful human being.
Q: How do you handle whiny people at work who always want to leave early? -- Patricia Franks Martin
Can you imagine Joan Koplan as a bikini-clad bombshell, or Irwin as a buff water-skier? Ever wonder what Dennis Croft looked like as a little girl, or what poses Christa struck in high school? Now you can see the entire Small Town Security cast in days past with this family photo album.
Did you somehow miss the return of Small Town Security last night? Need another dose of Joan "The Chief" Koplan and the JJK Security staff? Good news on both fronts: AMC.com is now streaming Small Town Security's Season 2 Premiere, "The Wicked Witch of Georgia," in its entirety. Don't delay -- this episode will only be available online for a limited time. Once you're caught up, don't forget to tune in for the all-new episode next Thursday.
Office politics can be tricky. Few people know this better than Small Town Security's Joan Koplan. On any given day, the Chief of JJK Security contends with everything from sexual come-ons from an employee to heated staff debates about cannibalism. But the final word is always hers. Now you can benefit from Joan Koplan's workplace wisdom. Got an office dilemma? Need the Chief's help? Submit your question in the comments section below and it may be featured in Joan's new weekly advice column on AMC.com.
This week, People bestows three stars upon Small Town Security, while The Huffington Post interviews Joan Koplan. Plus, Dennis Croft has a conversation with Out.com. Read on for more:
• People awards Small Town Security three stars, applauding the reality show for having "a believable frumpiness and a welcome knack for the unexpected." (No Link.)
• The Huffington Post, speaking with Joan Koplan, applauds the show's creators, producers and stars for giving "birth to one of the most inventive reality TV romps of the decade."
• Dennis Croft chats with Out.com, which says that Small Town Security is "often and aptly often described as the Twin Peaks of reality shows."
• The Daily News highlights Small Town Security's Season 2 debut, noting that the management and employees of JJK Security are "dealing with the fallout from season one -- lost business and nasty messages." (No Link.)
No one talks as inappropriately at the workplace as the cast of Small Town Security. Now you can replay their most unforgettable quotes from Season 1 with the Small Town Security Sound Board. With the touch of a button listen as Joan says, "I'm not an imbecile... I'm just a fatty" or Irwin complain of his issues with doing a number two. Play these NSFW clips for laughs or fool with your friends on the telephone.
Small Town Security's Joan Koplan talks about her sexual aura and which fellow cast member she'd take to a desert island.
Q: You've wanted to be famous your whole life. Is it everything you hoped it would be?
A: I'm somebody that's extremely conceited, and I'm a showoff and everything, but for some reason I don't feel like a big star... That's the good part of me. I don't show off with that.
Q: What's it been like watching yourself on Small Town Security?
A: It doesn't register. I don't say, Oh my God, it's you, Joan. I swear to God it's like seeing a stranger. I must be a weirdo, really.
Q: Has reaction to the show affected the behavior in the office at all? Like, did you all ever think to yourselves that you should tone it down?
A: Most of Season 1, I said that to myself, but then I thought I must be a stupid ass because if it wasn't for that, then the show wouldn't be watched by so many people. I didn't like when I peed in my pants, but I thought, well, you know, that's something that everybody was laughing at, so it's okay.
Q: How has Dennis becoming more of a man changed your relationship with him?
When Small Town Security returns this Thu., May 9 at 10/9c, you're bound to have a question or two for the JJK Security gang. Not to worry: Chief Joan Koplan, Lt. Dennis Croft, Captain Irwin Koplan, Brian Taylor and Christa Stephens will all be answering your queries live on Twitter throughout the airing of the episode at 10/9c and 10PT. Simply follow Small Town Security on Twitter, tune in to the Premiere and tweet your questions using the hashtag #smalltownsecurity to chat up the cast while the show airs.