Fox's Fake Prince Harry Dating Show Heads Down Under
Australia's Network Ten has acquired comedy reality series I Wanna Marry "Harry" from Shine International.
The eight-part series, co-produced by Zig Zag Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions, features 12 women competing for their chance to marry arguably the world's most eligible bachelor, "Prince Harry," while living at an English estate. However, there is a catch: it's not actually Prince Harry, but his look-alike, Matthew Hicks.
Hicks was given an upper-crust makeover before meeting the American women searching for Prince Charming. Over the course of eight weeks, he must convince these beautiful women that he is a member of the Royal Family. If he does, will they fall for the crown or fall in love with the real him?
The reality show will receive its global premiere May 27 on Fox.
Lisa Higginson, senior sales manager Australia & New Zealand, Shine International said, "This new production raises the bar in reality and constructed factual and is fast becoming a real jewel in Shine International's crown. It's cheeky, good-natured and utterly addictive, and we're sure that Australian audiences will fall for Matt's royal charms as much as the 12 lucky girls trying to win his heart."
Network Ten's chief programming officer, Beverley McGarvey, said the tongue-in-cheek show is generating major online attention before its premiere.
"I Wanna Marry 'Harry' is a fantastic reality romance program with a royal twist. It is pure fun and escapism. Although it hasn't launched yet, the online buzz surrounding this show overseas is enormous. It is rapidly becoming a television event."
Zig Zag Productions CEO and I Wanna Marry "Harry" creator Danny Fenton added: "We're delighted our antipodean cousins are going to be enjoying I Wanna Marry "Harry." This royal dating romp is compelling viewing for royalists and republicans alike. I'm sure everyone will be talking about the format in the weeks and months ahead."
No on-air date in Australia has been announced.
I Wanna Marry "Harry" was created and executive-produced by Fenton. Kevin Utton and Matt Gould are executive producers for Zig Zag Productions; Ryan Seacrest, Adam Sher and Heather Schuster for RSP.