Prince Harry is involved in the reality show world, but don't worry, it was not his doing. Fox is set to debut I Wanna Marry "Harry" this spring and if you guessed that those quotations marks are the most important part of the show's title, you are absolutely right. The competition show takes a Prince Harry lookalike and tricks 12 American women into thinking they could become the next Kate Middleton. There are so many things wrong with this, I don't even know where to begin.
First of all, is this premise assuming that the women are stupid enough to believe they're dating Prince Harry or that viewers are stupid enough to believe that the women are stupid enough to think they're dating Prince Harry? Where does the responsibility lie? Is this like The Bachelor, where things are staged but real feelings are involved, or is this like the final season of The Hills, everything fake and the trick really being played on the people watching at home?
Secondly, are we supposed to completely ignore the fact that Prince Harry is with Cressida Bonas and has been for the past two years? Are the women not supposed to be aware of that even though they want to marry him? Do they not have Google or ears or eyes or an aunt that obsesses about British royals?
Another thing, this dude doesn't look exactly like Prince Harry. His name is Matthew Hicks and he's just some dude who looks enough like Prince Harry to serve as an impersonator at, like, an over-the-top themed party, but not enough to pass as actually being Prince Harry. And if you're wondering why the women weren't tipped off by the title's sarcastic quotations marks, it was filmed under the titled Dream Date.
I Wanna Marry "Harry" was developed by former head of Fox's alternative entertertainment, Mike Darnell, who also came up with Joe Millionaire, everyone's favorite "hoax" dating show of years past. The different between Joe Millionaire and I Wanna Marry "Harry" is that there are a ton of millionaires out there that you might not recognize, but only one Prince Harry and everyone knows who he is!
If you're as intrigued as I am to see how this mess goes down, I Wanna Marry "Harry" premieres May 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox.