A match made in TV heaven
My first new guilty pleasure is definitely Millionaire Matchmaker. The show features experienced third-generation matchmaker Patti Stanger, founder of the Millionaire's Club. She said she started this dating website to cater to the growing need of wealthy men who did not have time to date traditionally. She and her staff take a very personal approach to matches through the club, going so far as to hire hypnotherapists, body language experts, dancing instructors and other such experts to help members achieve their top potential in order to snag the men or women of their dreams.
On the show, Patti and her staff--COO Destin Pfaff and VP of Matching Rachel Federoff--meet with millionaires and millionairesses, cast their potential dates, send them to mixers and wait for magic to happen. There are strict rules these love-birds must follow, including a two-drink maximum, and she checks in with both parties after dates to see how they went. Also, Patti is very tough, has a strong attitude and her take-charge demeanor rules the show. In fact, she often critiques potential dates' choices in fashion--and even told one girl to get her hair done professionally and use Crest whitestrips before she'd allow her to meet any of the millionaires.
Now, I never really got into many reality shows, but this one is absolutely fantastic. While one may think these poor millionaires have a hard time dating because they are so dedicated to their work, that is definitely not always the case.
The clients are MESSED UP.
While some of the clients are messed up in a normal sort of way (such as the nerdy guy with ADD, or the chubby and insecure guy), others are single for very obvious reasons that no amount of money could possibly fix.
Needless to say, Patti unceremoniously kicked him out of the Millionaire's Club.
In the same episode, Patti tried to set up a man who declared his hatred for people in general in front of his date.
Basically, the show is a little window into the supposedly fabulous romantic lives of rich people. I imagine it's gotten popular among many women who dream of meeting a charming millionaire; watching the show, anybody can see how these millionaire men and women are just as weird and insecure as the rest of us.
So, if you're bored sometime, I highly recommend this show for a little mindless entertainment.
Check out the show's official page at Bravo for more (and to watch episodes!).