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'Marriage Ref' Host Tom Papa Previews Big Changes, Celebrity Guests for Season 2

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jan 14th 2011 12:15PM
Comedian Tom Papa'The Marriage Ref' wasn't exactly a ratings hit in its first season, but NBC is giving the reality show -- which revolves around celebrity panelists taking sides in the marital fights of real couples -- another shot.

Host Tom Papa reveals that season 2 (premieres Sun., March 6, 8PM ET on NBC) has some major changes though.

Instead of the celebrity panelists judging the fights based on their video submissions, the couples will actually be live in studio. It's certainly a lot harder to be snarky and mean to someone's face, which comedian Papa admitted is the reason for the update.

Also changing: Instead of the celebs having say on who's right and who's wrong, the studio audience will vote, eventually crowning one person "The Rightest." (Seeing a trend? Guess there are no wrongs this season.) The title comes with a $25,000 check and a billboard in their hometown proclaiming their right-ness.

Papa says that since they've already completed shooting all the new episodes, they have time to do a follow-up with the winners. Viewers will get to see the "Rightest" person enjoying their highway-side fame.

But the one thing that won't be changing is the random rotating couch of famous faces -- and just like season 1, they're not always people you'd expect to be judging marriages. Here's a sneak peek at who'll be stopping by:

*Ricky Gervais, who is vocally anti-marriage, although he has been with girlfriend Jane Fallon for 28 years. Gervais was featured in the show's first season as well.

*Actress Lauren Graham, who has neer been married. (When asked if he dug for details on her relationship with 'Parenthood' costar Peter Krause, Papa laughed and said, "Well we're friends, so no.")

*Actress Julianne Moore, who has two children with husband of seven years, director Bart Freundlich.

*Singer Mary J. Blige, who married her manager in 2003. (Said Papa: "She's just so nice -- and her shoes!")

Co-creator and executive producer Jerry Seinfeld is also still very involved. In fact, the show shoots in New York -- where Papa relocated his wife and two kids for the year for the sanity of his own marriage -- since that's where Seinfeld lives.

So, are you excited for more 'Marriage Ref'? Will the changes keep you watching or get you to tune in? And what celebs would you want to get marriage advice from? Sound off in the comments.

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