Fixing The Marriage Ref for Season Two: A TVLine IM Discussion
Congratulations! We're stuck with it. The Marriage Ref has been renewed for a second season, along with NBC's other weird, uncomfortable series Minute to Win It and Who Do You Think You Are. The decision did not sit well with Movieline's TV scholars, who at one point used to enjoy Jerry Seinfeld and marriages. After the jump, Julie Miller and I diagnose The Marriage Ref's problems and vote for major changes in the series's second go-around.
Louis: Well, Julie, let's break down the biggest problems with The Marriage Ref. I'll start: The couples need to be in studio. Their via-satellite shtick is the lamest.
Julie: It could also work if the host and panelists actually flew to the couple's houses. That would at least provide the out-of-studio awkwardness that this show needs. And as a host replacement, I suggest Reege.
Louis: I love the idea of Reege as host. He's just the right mixture of zany and grounded and confident, and hnd makes the right joke when everything is just embarrassing. Tom Papa is named "Tom Papa" and has none of those qualities.
Julie: How many episodes do you think Jerry Seinfeld will actually appear on next season?
Louis: One, right? They'll get, like, J.K. Rowling and Jessica Seinfeld, and he'll do that one. And Jessica will have just written a book about cooking sexy meals out of leaves.
Julie: That's a safe bet. I also think the show would benefit from some actual stakes.
Louis: A grand prize or something?
Julie: Like the winning part of the couple gets a tropical vacation alone.
Julie: Also, has the show featured a gay couple yet?
Louis: This ain't The Sinners' Agreement Ref, Julie.
Julie: Haha. Fair enough.
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