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Made for TV Romance

September 26, 2009 - Kathleen Palumbo
A hopeless romantic to the core, I find the endless array of reality TV shows centered on creating a happily ever after with virtual strangers, maddening.    
 
Don’t watch them either? Here’s a small sampling…
 
“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” - Imagine if you will, planning ahead of time to fall head over heels for the man of your dreams – a man chosen and paid by network executives to fall in love with you…that is if you can beat out all the competition in just one season of TV.   
 
“Beauty and the Geek” – No comment. 
 
“Farmer Wants a Wife” – I couldn’t make this stuff up.
 
“Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” – Good “wholesome” family fun.
 
“Arranged Marriage” – Newly created, it will follow adults who have been unsuccessful in finding a mate on their own, and so their friends and family will select a spouse for them. 
 
Let’s not forget that once all of these “characters” have found one another, they offer more for the viewers. On “Bridezillas,” the ladies atrocious behavior toward their friends, family and wedding planners, generates additional cash flow, and once married, there’s always the opportunity to become the next “Jon and Kate plus 8.” 
 
In a few years, I assure you the viewing pleasure of those interested will include “The Gosselin Children Therapy Sessions” – see Jon and Kate’s brood all grown up and putting the fun back in dysfunctional!
 
Anybody else still believe in good old-fashioned falling in love?

 
 

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