June is upon us. You know what that means: Wedding bells are ringing. But not for all couples. As if there was any shortage of reality television shows, one more has been added to the list. We recently stumbled onto the premier episode of Hitched or Ditched, a new TV reality show from The CW, the network that brings us Gossip Girl and America's Next Top Model.
How the Show Works
A couple who's been dating for a long time, a few years at least, is nominated by a friend to be forced to decide whether or not to get hitched. If chosen, the couple receives a wedding invitation to their own wedding, a lavish —and free—event provided by the show, taking place in one week's time. The engaged couple then has seven days to go through a series of exercises that takes aim at their biggest relationship issue (whether it's jealousy or a toxic in-law relationship) while planning their wedding (tasting cakes, trying on dresses and selecting flowers). In the moment of reality, truth or scripted entertainment, we're not sure which, the bride and groom stand at the altar and decide right then and there to say either "I do" or "I don't."
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Travis, a 32-year-old building contractor and CeLisa, a 26-year-old nanny receive a surprise invitation to their wedding after having been nominated by CeLisa's best friend. After four years of on-again, off-again dating, it's decision time for the North Carolina couple (no pressure). During the hour-long show, it becomes apparent that no one in the couple's life supports their getting married. They fight too much. They upset each other. They make each other sad.
Not one of the parents, when presented with the wedding invitation, shows any confidence in the move. Later, the couple brings both sets of parents together at a dinner to express their hesitations. The groom's parents and sister explain, it's not that they don't like the bride-to-be, it's just that they don't want their son/brother to end up with her. The bride gets upset (who wouldn't?) at feeling attacked by her future in-laws and has an outburst. The real problem, she says, is that he doesn't allow her to be herself. Not to worry, she adds. They can always get the marriage annulled. She did the research. Marriage Annulled: Husband Was A Woman
Let the unraveling begin. The final disaster involves Travis, in a display of jealousy, crashing CeLisa's bachelorette party finding her surrounded by shirtless men who are dancing and dousing the wedding-party girls with drinks. Travis asks CeLisa to leave with him; she refuses.