Following the success of the ultra-popular Our Perfect Wedding and the spin-off My Perfect Proposal, DStv’s Mzansi Magic is fast becoming the place to go for romance themed reality. On Sunday May 24 at 20:00, the channel is once again looking to strike ratings gold when it launches the fun and fresh reality series Date My Family. Yes, indeed. So forget about the ‘two people meet each other’ typical love story. It’s now a full-on family affair!
How it works is simple yet oh-so-tantalizingly different.
In each 60-minute episode, audiences are introduced to a bachelor/bachelorette who’s looking for love. That singleton is then sent on three dates – to meet the families of 3 potential partners. The twist in the tale? The bachelor/bachelorette must choose just one potential partner who they think they’ll hit it off with – based solely on what the families say and do! But will they make the right choice?
The three potential partners will be kept out of sight, watching the action unfold onscreen, as the bachelor/bachelorette engages with their respective family. They will also secretly be hoping that their families paint them in the best possible light and make a good first impression. With no communication at all between the bachelor/bachelorette and the potential partners, the scene is set for an unforgettable final date. Expect laughs and drama as Cupid gets a helping hand from brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, moms, dads, nieces, nephews, cousins and of course, grandparents. At the end the day, the question remains: will it love at first hallo or a fast goodbye!
Commenting on the 13-part (confirm) series, M-Net South Africa CEO Yolisa Phahle says, “Date My Family follows on the outstanding appeal of other Mzansi Magic programming in this genre .We recognize that audiences are tuning in to see original, relatable programming and this series, while definitely fresh, speaks to a context that viewers may well be familiar with – where family dynamics can influence and inform romantic relationships.”
Date My Family is produced for Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) by Connect TV every Sunday at 20:00, starting 24 May 2015. And who knows…it you may well be your family (or one a lot like yours) in the spotlight.