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.
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.