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Fox to Marry Strangers on Reality Show

Oh, Fox. The network that kept it classy with Married by America is at it again, this time cooking up a reality show in which couples don't meet till the moment they say their vows.

The show — aptly and honestly called I Married a Stranger — takes one single person fed up with the dating scene and presents his or her friends and family with a set of six possible suitors. When two candidates remain, they both walk down the aisle — but only one steps forward to meet his or her new mate at the altar. The pilot episode was shot with a woman as the frustrated single, but the producers may alternate between men and women in the future. As a source told The Hollywood Reporter:

"She never meets him until the actual moment when they say 'I do.' It's like the big scene that comes after an entire season of The Bachelor, only this is in every episode."

Aside from the question of why people would voluntarily marry a stranger, I'm wondering why Fox would even want this show. Trashy, "marrying folks in sketchy ways" reality TV strikes me as very 2003. Then again, Fox has already generated headlines with More to Love, the show about plus-size people looking for mates — so really, why not arrange some doomed marriages between strangers while you're at it?

What do you make of this one? Would you watch?

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redchick152 redchick152 6 years
kmattes hit the nail on the head for me. stupid, classless reality tv strikes again!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Too many people have the mentality of "if it doesn't work out, we'll just get divorced". Marriage is a serious commitment for two people to enter into (gay or hetero). If you're not entering into it with the attitude of it being a lifelong commitment then you shouldn't be doing it at all.
daise daise 6 years
I am glad other people were thinking the same thing about the gay marriage thing - so it's ok for to straight people to make a sham of a marriage but not ok for two gay people to enter into serious wedlock. But actually, I think the religo people would still protest this, it's just that this post doesn't have the word gay or marriage in it so their alarm bells aren't going off...... Also, at Zeze - arranged marriages are a cultural things which people enter into seriously - they aren't the subject of television fodder so some company can try to earn some quick cash....Like people have said - way to throw marriage down the toilet.
daise daise 6 years
I am glad other people were thinking the same thing about the gay marriage thing - so it's ok for to straight people to make a sham of a marriage but not ok for two gay people to enter into serious wedlock. But actually, I think the religo people would still protest this, it's just that this post doesn't have the word gay or marriage in it so their alarm bells aren't going off......Also, at Zeze - arranged marriages are a cultural things which people enter into seriously - they aren't the subject of television fodder so some company can try to earn some quick cash....Like people have said - way to throw marriage down the toilet.
zeze zeze 6 years
Isn't this just called an arranged marriage? It happens all the time, all over the world. While this will be a joke, I would be kind of interesting to see a documentary on real arranged marriages.
zeze zeze 6 years
Isn't this just called an arranged marriage? It happens all the time, all over the world. While this will be a joke, I would be kind of interesting to see a documentary on real arranged marriages.
Quirks4me Quirks4me 6 years
Ha I was thinking the same thing KMattes. People claiming allowing gays to marry ruins the sanctity of marriage, but shows like this doesn't?! Why aren't people out protesting this, instead of stopping two people who are in love getting married? It's moments like this I'm ashamed of America.
KMattes KMattes 6 years
(note: heavy sarcasm in post above)
KMattes KMattes 6 years
Well, at least gays aren't getting married and ruining the sanctity of marriage.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
Exactly anon. This certainly doesn't help the case for marriage now does it? Marriage isn't supposed to be entered into lightly (whether it's a religous thing or not), it's not something that should be used as a platform for "good tv" or ratings. I'm so disappointed in people lately, this doesn't help.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
well we've seen the successes that have happened with past marriage shows. remember who wants to marry a millionaire or whatever that show was where the guy turned out to be anything but? i don't know - it's quite interesting to think abut these types of shows especially when it seems like wedding shows are all the rage this summer.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
well we've seen the successes that have happened with past marriage shows. remember who wants to marry a millionaire or whatever that show was where the guy turned out to be anything but? i don't know - it's quite interesting to think abut these types of shows especially when it seems like wedding shows are all the rage this summer.
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