‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ is eerily similar to ‘Joe Millionaire’ — without the sense of shame

05.20.14 3 years ago

“I Wanna Marry Harry” is eerily similar to “Joe Millionaire” – without the sense of shame
The original “Joe Millionaire,” says James Poniewozik, “was edited as a reality comedy, but there was a thread of darkness to it, with its night-vision spy cameras and ominous music. It was meant to be titillating, obviously, but the framing at least carried the suggestion that a viewer might see something, well, wrong here. ‘Harry,' judging by its first episode, has no such pangs. It”s a product made for an audience inured by a decade of reality shows to duplicitous gimmicks and contrived catfights. Its tone, visuals, and scoring are light, because, hey, it”s just entertainment and these ladies all signed up for a reality show, and whatevs, right?” PLUS: “Prince Harry” had to attend “Royal School,” and this really is no different from “The Bachelor.”

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