Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Perfect Bride

Anyone who would like to understand how the Lebanese always excel in vague doublespeak and procedural fogginess should watch the latest TV show on LBC: The Perfect Bride. The purpose of the show is simple: to find the perfect bride. The rest of the show, however, is ambiguous beyond compare.

As far as anyone can understand the concept, it would be to have mothers selecting the perfect bride for their sons in a Big Brother setting: all sons plus their mothers and the potential brides are locked up in a house with cameras everywhere. Too bad this is the Middle East, so the boys are separate from the girls with a huge wall through which the boys and girls can talk with each other. Anyway, to rule out the chance of steamy premarital activities even further, remember we still have the mothers-in-law to keep things in check:-)

Through a completely unfathomable selecting process, candidates are eliminated every week, hopefully leading to a dream marriage at the end of the season. It’s a nice, as in ‘seriously tasteless’, concept alright and it could easily work. However, the basic element of a competition is to have candidates wanting to win. But strangely enough, none of them seem to take the show serious.

For instance, the show has a segment during which one candidate can ask questions to another candidate of choice. Now, you would think this is intended to get to know your future partner a bit better, right?

Think again: One of the girls (A) was actually asking another girl (B) why she always hangs out with girl C, while she always told A how much she hated C. So now girl B had to defend herself against accusations of not being loyal. For a moment I thought “What a cool show, they also allow lesbian couples in”, but alas, it was just typical girl bickering. Clearly, girl A should have used her time to ask questions to the guys she likes the most. Then again, why would this be so important since she can also chat with them through the wall…sigh…

Other segments are equally illogical. Like, a potential couple has to do the matching test by answering questions about each other without the other hearing the answer. If both of them give the same answer, they score points. Sounds like a competition kinda thing, until you realize that nothing is being done with the scores. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you get zilch points or the maximum score.

What is also interesting to realize is that the guys stay in the house with their mothers all throughout the show, which lasts a whole season. How can they ever get so much time off from work, assuming they have a job? Or would they be in between jobs?

Also, would you really want to marry into a family where the mother, and/or the other family members, has no problems with being away from her husband and other kids for a couple months? Sounds rather dysfunctional if you ask me.


More and more during the show a nagging question appears in the back of your mind: “Why on earth am I watching this?” Watching this show gives you the eerie feeling of déjà vu because it resembles so much a random parliamentary session, politicians discussing the interpretation of the presidential election law or an interview with Michel Aoun [1].

The best illustration of this is the “competition” in the middle of the show whereby the men have to execute a certain task. The “winner” can take a girl of his choice out for a date. However, the way they show you the race is so utterly senseless that you have no idea who won: there’s not even the effort by LBC to show a dramatic race whereby you can see who’s in the lead and who is running up. Winning, losing, it really doesn’t matter, not in Lebanon. Indeed, you could be watching parliamentary elections!

The whole show radiates uselessness, packed up in a nice setting with lots of dance and semi decent artists, like Masari and the usual suspect Haifa. Of course, having a useless TV show is nothing new, pretty much all TV shows share this quality. So why does this one stick out? It must be the total disrespect for the viewer, whom according to LBC no doubt, must be either below 5 or reassuringly senile to enjoy the program.

Only thing is, we WILL be watching it again coming Friday…hrm…


[1]: For those readers who feel I always pick on Michel Aoun, the reason is nothing personal. It’s just that he is such an easy target. Take his statements this weekend after meeting with the patriarch. First, he states that he fully abides by democratic rules and that’s why he is running for president. Fair enough, so far he makes perfect sense: in a democracy anyone can run.

But then he continues: if he will not become president, he will block the elections altogether. Huh? This would mean that he would already know the outcome of the elections before they take place, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to boycott them. Now how democratic is that, exactly?

As the reader can see, it’s statements like these that are just too good to pass up for any blogger:-)

3 comments:

Gerard said...

I like the mix of Arabic values and the big brother concept. Of course this only holds inside the house. If you remember the outside as the mother of the young child did, then it is a painful mistake. I missed the minor inconsistencies. As my Arabic is very minor, I stopped watching anyway. But my wife does. One day I entered the room and her face showed as if there was another bomb in Beirut. "Do you know already?" she asked. What was the case: the satellite signal was defunct that day, so no Perfect Bride...

The Perfect Bride said...

Do you know that the Perfect Bride TV program is originally Turkish based.The Perfect Bride TV Format is taken place on http://www.theperfectbride.tv

Seo said...

About The Perfect Bride which is Turkish origined TV Format:

BASICS OF THE TV FORMAT

A Wedding, A Honeymoon and a House.

The Perfect Bride is an entertainment and reality show represented by Global Agency. This award winning reality show has broken ratings records in Turkey, Italy and the Middle East. The Italian version of The Perfect Bride, “La Sposa Perfetta,” is in the running for International Emmy awards.
The Perfect Bride brings together a young man and woman through the matchmaking efforts of the young man’s mother. Neither the young man nor the young woman, the Perfect Bride, will have met until the beginning of the reality show. In this TV format, the ultimate prize is to be selected as the Perfect Bride and get married with the full consent of the favored Mother-in-law.
At the end of the reality show, if the couple’s relationship leads to marriage, they will be awarded with amazing prizes. The winners of The Perfect Bride will have a lavish wedding and then be gifted with a house, car and perfect honeymoon to start their married life with.
The TV format takes place in two united houses and in a specially constructed Perfect Bride studio. The reality show has 6 bridegroom candidates living separately in one house. In the other are 12 bride candidates living with the 6 Mothers-in-law seeking a Perfect Bride for their sons.
The 6 sons and 6 Mothers are the first to enter the houses. The Mothers-in-law then interview 18 potential Perfect Brides and select just 12 to continue with the rest of the reality show. When the boys get to meet the girls, the TV format really begins to heat up with conflicts starting between brides and mothers, pressures from the Mothers on their sons, and jealousies bubbling between the brides and grooms. The high drama and emotional peaks and troughs of the reality show have great appeal to a mass audience.
By the end of the 13th week, just 3 Mother-son pairs are left and 5 Perfect Bride candidates to chose from. The favorite Mother-in-law, selected by popular audience vote through SMS, is finally allowed to choose her Perfect Bride. If the girl accepts, the couple will then be entitled to the magnificent wedding in the finale of The Perfect Bride.


INTERESTING ELEMENTS OF THE TV FORMAT

Mother-son conflicts and arguments.
Pressure by a Mother-in-law candidate on her son.
Envy between the young men.
Fights between Perfect Bride candidates and the Mothers-in-law.
Competition between girls wanting to be the Perfect Bride.
Excitement over the prizes.
Big loves developing in the reality show with opposition by the Mothers-in-law.
Interference in the TV format from the families in the studio.
Slow revelation of the competitors’ secret lives.
The competitors are released for just one day during the 13 weeks of the reality show and interesting events happen during the ‘Autograph Day.’
Various celebrities enter the house as part of the TV format.
Early on, women are intrigued by the reality show, and later on it also becomes an addiction among the male audience.

THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM

Through this TV format, the production company brings ‘Bride vs. Mother-in-Law’ conflicts to millions, a theme that has not been touched by any reality show until now. In The Perfect Bride, the audience witnesses every detail of an unspoken war of intrigues, a war that has been hidden for centuries.

TYPE OF TV FORMAT

The Perfect Bride reality show is about:

Comedy/Laughter
Enthusiasm
Intrigues
Jealousies
Intense rivalry for Big Prizes


FORMAT CREATOR
The Perfect Bride reality show was created by Lutfu Murat Uckardesler and is represented worldwide by Global Agency. Mr. Uckardesler is celebrating his 13th year in the industry with his unique TV formats. The Perfect Bride brought him a ‘Best Reality Show of the Year’ award. In the Grand Finale of the first Perfect Bride show, ratings hit 71.7% and broke all previous records. Witnessing the relationship between his own mother and her mother-in-law inspired Uckardesler to create the Perfect Bride TV format.


IZZET PINTO AND GLOBAL AGENCY
Izzet Pinto started his career with Global Agency as a literary agent in 2003. Since then, Global Agency has grown to represent TV formats from around the world for a worldwide market. If you have created a TV format and would like to be represented by Global Agency, send an email marked for the attention of Izzet Pinto.
http://www.theperfectbride.tv