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September 2, 2015


Did you know they show Newlywed Game ads during the eHarmony show?

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 9:06AM
The Newlywed GameGSN debuted its new version of The Newlywed Game last night. At least, I think they did. It might have been a 30-minute-long infomercial for eHarmony with a game show scattered here and there.

If you haven't heard, the show is brought to you by eHarmony, the web site where people find love and happiness. If for some reason you tuned into the show and forgot that it was brought to you by the dating web site, then the many commercials for it would have reminded you.

If you still weren't quite sure who sponsored the show, the eHarmony question that host Carnie Wilson reads during the game would remind you. Still not sure? Then the eHarmony.com logo that is on every single card that the contestants hold up several times during the game are a dead giveaway.

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The Chopping Block: Series Premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 12th 2009 2:15AM
The Chopping Block(S01E01) "He invented food. Almost." - Kelsey

Marco Pierre White must be a little ticked off. Here he is one of the most renowned chefs alive today, and he's pretty much eclipsed by one of his most famous proteges, Gordon Ramsay. Supposedly they're even on the outs. Sure, White is well-known overseas and very well-known to cooks and aspiring chefs, but I would bet 9 out of 10 people in the U.S. wouldn't know who he is. Maybe The Chopping Block will change that, maybe not.

I'm leaning towards maybe not, since this is yet another reality/food competition show and offers little that's new or different.

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ABC has a new reality show where you date someone in the dark (no, really)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2009 5:02PM
ABC logoI've given up trying to come up with lines for reality shows like "just when you think you've seen the worst of reality shows..." because they just keep coming up with this stuff. Now ABC has a new show where they're going to make couples live with each other and date each other in complete darkness. No, the couples aren't blind and this isn't some social experiment to see what life would be like if they were, otherwise they'd probably just have them wear blindfolds.

The new show is titled Dating in the Dark (of course) and is based on a show that ran in the Netherlands. It features couples that have been "scientifically matched for compatibility," which I take to mean they're actually brother and sister. They'll live in a house together in complete darkness. They'll have to eat in the dark, shower in the dark, play games in the dark, and, well, do it in the dark too. We'll watch everything though night vision glasses, like the killer in Silence of the Lambs.

A reality show where people live together isn't enough, now we have to watch them in spooky lighting. Next up: a dating show where people have their mouths duct-taped for 30 days.

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ABC says yes to Newlyweds

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 24th 2007 3:02PM

abcHere Come the Newlyweds, a new reality series in which freshly married couples compete for a cash prize, has been picked up by ABC for six episodes.

The series, created by Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh, is being pitched as a nicer reality series, one that focuses more on the humorous aspects of (newly) married life and not so much on exploiting human drama and misery. The couples facing off on the series include an arranged marriage, high school sweethearts and divorcees each on their fourth marriage.

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Bravo places pilot order for Take My Ex

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 10th 2007 4:40PM

kramerI'm torn: is a reality show about divorcees helping their ex-spouses find a new love really uplifting or really creepy and disturbing?

I guess it doesn't matter what I think, because Bravo has given the "go ahead" to Take My Ex, a new reality series pilot in which divorced couples help their former spouses find love again. After all, who better to find you the man or woman of your dreams than the person you divorced because they themselves couldn't meet your emotional needs?

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NBC welcomes new Family reality pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 4th 2007 4:02PM

NBCI've said before on this blog that I'm not a big fan of reality programming in general, but finally someone has come up with a concept that I can relate to. The new reality pilot from producers Bernie Mac and Ben Silverman is called Welcome to the Family and focuses on couples of different races, religions and cultural backgrounds who get engaged and have to tell their respective families for the first time.

The reason this concept speaks to me is that I actually marry and divorce a person from a different background every week. But this isn't about me, so let's move on.

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Tom Goes to the Mayor: Couple's Therapy

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 25th 2006 7:30PM

tom goes to the mayor(S02E13) This is an early review.

Tom Peters has a less than stellar marriage, and it's been implied, though never blatantly shown, that his wife Joy might be unfaithful. The real question doesn't seem to be why Joy cheats on Tom, but how an ugly screaming whale of a woman like her would be able to find someone willing to make love to her. Of course, plenty of men dig the rotund dames, but Joy manages to make herself unpleasant in so many other ways that seems like a moot point.

Part of enjoying Tom Goes to the Mayor --and I think by this point those who don't enjoy the show have moved on to other things-- is that it exists in a world pretty much void of any adherence to physical or moral laws. Tom has been killed, gone to hell, inexplicably transported both his father and the Mayor to an airplane in mid-flight, and been trapped underwater with a tiny man trapped inside him. He's also married to a woman who hates his guts, and it's never made clear why they're married. If you start asking these kind of questions, though, you really shouldn't be watching the show in the first place.

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Stop calling each other 'baby'!

by Anna Johns, posted May 2nd 2006 5:24PM
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I love The Amazing Race. I get a kick out of couples that think it's not okay to snip at each other when the going gets tough (puh-lease, you're only human). What I don't like about The Amazing Race is the way that all the couples call each other 'baby'. As in, "Good job, baby!" or "Hurry, baby!" or "I'm so sorry, baby." ALL the couples do it and it's getting really annoying. Why not use your mate's first name?

This is why I am rooting for the Frat Boys and the Hippies (being from Portland, I am rooting a little more for the Hippies than the Frat Boys).

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Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Valentine's Day

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 9th 2006 8:59PM

everybody hates chrisThe latest episode of Everybody Hates Chris, which centered around Valentine's Day, had several laugh out loud moments and more than made up for last week's episode, which, while still good, could have been better.

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