OWN has picked up another reality show, diving into the popular wedding genre with Don’t Tell the Bride.
Based on a hit BBC series (which can be seen stateside on BBC America), the UK version gives cash-strapped couples a big budget for their wedding — with a big catch: The bride and groom cannot see each other for a month before the wedding, and he does all the planning and makes all the decisions while the she is kept completely out of the loop. The bride doesn’t see the invitations until they arrive in the mail, and she can’t feast her eyes on her wedding dress until she’s prepared to walks down the aisle.
As you can imagine, this format produces lots of fights and tears (of the good and bad kind).
Shed Media is the producer on the series, with eight episodes premiering this fall. The news comes as Oprah Winfrey makes the transition from daytime talk queen to focusing on her OWN cable network, which launched in January. Winfrey’s final episode aired today, which concluded with her telling viewers: “I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say, ‘Until we meet again.’”