Saturday, June 6, 2009

Pushing Television Further Into The Toilet

I am not a fan of reality TV. In fact, I have made it my life's mission not to watch any of it and so far am succeeding. This though seems to be a new low to me.

Fox developing arranged marriage reality show

Fox is developing a wedding reality series where brides-to-be don’t meet their husbands until they exchange vows.

In A. Smith & Co.’s “I Married a Stranger,” a woman frustrated by the dating scene agrees to marry a man she’s never met. While she prepares for a blind wedding, friends and family are shown selecting a spouse from a pool of six eligible suitors offered by producers. The men are eliminated one by one until only two candidates remain. Both finalists walk down the aisle, but only one makes it to the altar to reveal himself to his new wife.

“She never meets him until the actual moment when they say 'I do,’ ” a source close to the project said. “It’s like the big scene that comes after an entire season of 'The Bachelor,’ only this is in every episode.”

The project is executive produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Scott Jeffress.

Fox has shot a pilot for "Stranger," which is said to be in strong contention for a series order. If Fox picks up the show, "Stranger" will have some conceptual competition: CBS has a similar series, "Arranged Marriage," planned for midseason.


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Did you catch that? We don't have one show planned to cover this topic but two.

This takes the institution of marriage and pisses all over it.

The saddest part though is that people will watch it. These networks don't do these shows for nothing, they know there's a market.

12 comments:

Mustang said...

I have not watched a single “reality” program on television. In fact, I watch few things because I find television the least interesting of most other entertainment/relaxation pursuits. I do watch an occasional movie (mostly classics on TMC), but I would much rather listen to music or read a book.

Years ago, a wonderful man by the name of Jack Benny opined that television is systematically making our young people dumber. He said that during the golden days of radio, before television, people would tune in and listen to variety shows, comedy routines, mystery theater, and western drama … and in doing this, they became active participants because they had to hear the many sound effects and imagine it in their mind. In order to understand the sound of horses galloping, or the sound of a squeaky door opening, one had to see these things inside their heads. So people were engaged in the entertainment, he said … not like today, when all that is required to be entertained is to sit in front of a television, slack jawed, possibly drooling, and watch it unfold before one’s very eyes. So I believe that Mr. Benny was right, and that our generations today reflect this phenomenon.

Thus, it should come as no surprise to you that I completely share your sentiments. Why shouldn’t these people diminish the hallowed institution of marriage when hardly anyone today means a single word of what ought to be the most solemn of vows? The so-called entertainment media continues to demean every one of traditions, while pushing forward its own demented agenda. It is, in a word, disgusting.

mksviews said...

Valid point Chuck, I guess it's not just homos and leftists undermining the basic building block of our society. They should be ashamed, having a market for a product is not a reason to create it.

Larry Durham said...

Arranged marriages huh? Pathetic. What's the follow up to that crap, a reality show about choosing a cliteradectomy and justifiable honor killings?

Z said...

Why don't they just call it FOX'S NEW SHARIA MARRIAGE SHOW?

LUCKY said...

I agree 100% with you Chuck, I dislike reality TV as well. There are very few shows that I will watch on TV and then its mostly the History Channel or Discovery Channel.

I remember when reality TV shows first started and my cousins would watch them and I could never understand it. I don't understand why I would watch what was happening to someone else in real life.

I have my own life. If I want to do something fun and amazing I will go and do it. I have no reason to live vicariously through someone else.

I read enough military history and watched enough war movies as a kid that I decided I wanted to exeperince the military myself and I went and enlisted in the Marine Corps.

Maybe I am out of touch with my generation but I would much rather go experince things for myself then watch someone else have all the fun.

On the subject of Marriage this new reality show doesn't suprise me. Marriage to many is no longer a special relationship between a man, woman and God. Rather by some it as seen as a political goal to acheive, a way to consolodate money or wealth or some other means to an end.

I am lucky to be married to the woman I am. I can not concieve of why someone would want their private lives aired to all the world.

As far as arrainge marriages go, even though I have a hard time understanding them I respect someone elses culture, but I will also let them know why I think that it is wrong and if they are marrying a 9 year old girl I am also going to let them know I consider them a pedophile and very sick.

I think that TV is coming to reflect a part of our society I wish I didn't know about.

Chuck said...

Sorry, in and out today. It's my sons 16th birthday party, have 15 teenagers at my house (outside , thank God).

Thanks all

I'm with Mustabg, I am not a big tv person either. My wife and I have a few shows we like (supernaturalo stuff), I like the educational channels, (History, TLC, Science, etc), and sports. No reality tv.

Z and Larry, I hadn't thought about the sharia angle, that is interesting.

MK, I agree, just because there's a market... But unfortunately, that's how it works.

Lucky, it is a horrible commnetary on how we view marriage. I think this is there is so much talk of gay marraige all of a sudden, cynicism about traditional marriage from some on the left.

Bags said...

I too refuse to wath any reality TV shows. What bothers me is that I know intelligent, thoughtful people that do. I consider our slide into reality TV to be a follow on to the Jerry Springer and Judge everybody shows that somehow are and remain on he air.

This reflects the fall of our society. Maybe it also epxlains how Obama got elected.

People don't want to spend time on the true reality of life. They prefer to bury themselves in the network's idea of reality. If this is true then I fear we are all doomed.

Always On Watch said...

I absolutely despise "reality" TV. This post illustrates just more reason why I abhor such a genre, if indeed it deserves a title such as "genre."

shoprat said...

Reality TV?

My TV exists for DVDs only. Television is something for when there is absolutely nothing to do.

Bryan said...

Television has become an altar to many, and there they worship, partaking of many dead and seductive offerings.

Tina Hemond said...

The majority of these so-called "reality" television shows appear to be based on the premise that most American's enjoy watching someone (more often than not - a woman) degrade themselves. The MTV line-up: Homewrecker, Date Mhy Mom, etc., targets those in the 13 plus demo - and Fox hits a new low with this one - It's Andy Warhol run amoke (that 15 minutes of fame). I cannot bear to watch the commericals, let alone any of these shows.

Chuck said...

Tina, good point. I think reality tv mexists so that we can see someone else get the short end of the stick for a change instead of ourselves. Thye all are about losers. Even American Idol, it's ultimately about who wins but what is the focus of most of the discussion? Who gets voted off. Same with Survivor, etc.