Is it the Slumdog Millionaire effect, or is it just a TV network's awkward way of updating the tired relationship-reality-show genre?
CBS says it's planning to air an unscripted show tentatively called Arranged Marriage, from the producers of Top Chef and Project Runway. In it, the families and friends of single people will screen and choose their mates, and the couples will actually get hitched. For life? That might earn some future seasons.
CBS, the top-rated broadcaster, has shown a taste for controversy in some of its reality shows in the past. Kid Nation caused a stir for seemingly stranding unsupervised youngsters in the desert under harsh conditions (the ratings didn't live up to the pre-launch hype, though). And a planned remake of The Beverly Hillbillies never got off the ground because of a Southern-tinged backlash.
The network says Arranged Marriage is a documentary-like experiment of the Eastern cultural practice heading West. No word if cash, household goods or farm animals will change hands.
—Posted by T.L. Stanley