The promotion of marriage is not new to the world of Reality TV. Shows like The Bachelor have promoted the courtship of man and wife for over a decade. It’s no secret that shows like Bachelor have a strikingly low pattern of success. The concept of turning love into a game in which suitors are eliminated one-by-one is hardly a good way to meet a soulmate. In recent years, however, every step of the courtship has been televised, including all events leading up to, during, and even after the wedding.
These shows all have one thing in common: they predict failure for the bride and groom .
To be fair, the problem may stem less from the shows themselves, and more from the types of people willing to turn their happy day into a televised event. Elizabeth Carroll, a marriage counselor, watched an episode of WETV’s Marriage Bootcamp and had more to say about the show’s stars than the program itself. Her response to the show: “I thought, these are crazy women!”
Then again, Marriage Bootcamp is pretty insane too. For one task, a spouse must climb into a casket and listen to their partner give a eulogy for them. Such acts seem less like proper marriage counseling, and more like a one-off scene from Law & Order: SVU.
American viewers are starved to gain an inside view of what is normally considered private. Bridal shows may not dig as deep as shows like Intervention or Celebrity Rehab, but the combination of voyeurism and schadenfreude is still there.
What do you think? Would you ever turn your love into Reality TV? Let us know in the comments.