By Kimberly Nordyke
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Lifetime Television is expanding its reality lineup with a new series about a matchmaker and another that follows elite party planners.
The two series -- "Matt Titus: Matchmaker" and the tentatively titled "It's My Party" -- will join "How to Look Good Naked" in January as part of the "second season" of the cable network's new Friday night reality block.
"Party" follows people who plan extravagant, excessive parties and events for extremely wealthy clients. Half of the series' 14 episodes will center on Brian Dobbin and his "volatile" chef as they plan events in Orange County, while the other seven will be shot in Las Vegas around another event planner.
A) Is it really a good idea for Lifetime to re-envision itself on the Oxygen model? B) Is a Matchmaking show really going to work? And if so, why is Roger Lodge not involved? C) Do we really need another volatile chef? It’s food, dude, ease up and let the sauces do their thing.
We would like; A) some original programming that is not in the ‘not-without my daughter, you two-timing son-of-a-bitch’ mode. We think a news program largely focused on women’s issues might be a better idea. B) Other than Roger Lodge, we really don’t have much to say about this one. We just hope that there is 1) enough build up to get us invested in the matched-up singles and 2) enough drama in Matt Titus’ regular life. And C) Why can’t we have a laid-back chef? Maybe there could be sexual tension with his sous-chef, who happens to be his ex-wife. Not all drama and entertainment comes from cooks with short tempers and unrealistic expectations.