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?