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    CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    CBS says "I do" to arranged-marriage reality series
    By James Hibberd
    Sun Feb 1, 11:23 PM PST

    CBS is treading into potentially controversial reality TV territory again.

    The network has ordered a new series from the producers of "Top Chef" that puts lovelorn singles into arranged marriages.

    The show introduces four adults in the 25-45 age range who are eager to get married but have been unsuccessful in their search for a mate. Their friends and family select a spouse for them, and the newly paired couple exchange marital vows. The series follows their marriages.

    The rest of the details for the project, whose early working title is "Arranged Marriage," are being kept under wraps.

    The series is from Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth of Magical Elves, which launched "Project Runway" on Bravo and produces the network's "Top Chef."

    It is the second series green-lighted by CBS' new reality chief, Jennifer Bresnan, after the recent order for "Block Party," a competition among neighboring families.

    The series order for "Marriage" shows that CBS is not shying away from reality projects that might draw a few pointed editorials in the wake of the network's previous envelope-pushing social experiment, the fall 2007 series "Kid Nation."

    "Marriage" also will inevitably draw comparisons to another arranged-marriage reality show, Fox's infamous "Married by America."

    The 2003 series drew fire from conservative groups, and one bachelor party scene containing pixelated nudity resulted in the Federal Communications Commission's slapping Fox stations with a $1.18 million fine (which was reduced last month to $91,000).

    But CBS' project differs from the earlier show in key ways.

    In "Married," couples were paired by viewers voting from home and then sequestered in a hotel to learn more about each other. CBS' "Marriage" presents itself as a documentary series about finding true love, a show that extends the Eastern tradition of an arranged marriage (where friends and family select the mate) into the West.

    Another difference is that on "Married," despite the pundit outcry, nobody on the show actually ended up getting hitched. On CBS, couples will really tie the knot.
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    Re: CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    Yet they put great shows in the can......... I just don't get it.
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    Re: CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    The network says "I Do," but I say "I Won't."

    Watch it that is.

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    Re: CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    Wth? Seriously....this is bad.
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    Re: CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    Geez this is a hyped up Bachelor but with a wedding instead--sounds like a trainwreck to me. .

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    Re: CBS Says "I Do" To Arranged Marriage Reality Series

    This actually sounds really interesting to me. I'll definitely watch at least the first episode. I had an Indian friend in college who had an arranged marriage and I don't know if they're still married but their families did allow them to date for a year before the wedding. They were really compatible and got along really well and were great friends and then after about 6 months of dating they started to fall in love for real. Really, who knows you better than your family and friends. If it was a sight unseen that would be a bad thing but if you give the people a chance to get to know one other then they know what they're getting into.
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