By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/9/13
Bravo bursts into May like a bridal bouquet still flying in the air!. Catch the excitement and see where it brings you! So here is the invite to life after the wedding…the new series Newlyweds: The First Year on Mondays from 10-11pm ET. Yes, the wedding march is still humming in their ears, and the thrown wedding rice might still be in their car carpet. This latest docu-series by Bravo is like Buzz Lightyear going where no network has gone before, beyond the vintage Newlywed Game deep into the lives of four newlywed couples to document and record their most personal moments over a year! Yes, 365 days and nights of hopefully wedded bliss. But lets be real. This is reality and not fiction. Life is not perfect. So bravo to Bravo for keeping it real with reality in this new series, excuse me, Docu-series. The Emmy Award winning & Oscar nominated documentarian Lauren Lazin is bringing this 8 episode series following each couple and capturing EVERYTHING from their wedding day to their 2nd year anniversary. The series chronicles all of the trials and tribulations, joys and happiness as a newlywed would, don’t you know!
Here is an insight into one of the couples. Jeff Pedersen and Blair Late. A blind date of sorts as they met at a mutual friend’s pool party and they began dating after a week long whirlwind courtship which included dining at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills plus a weekend trip to Catalina. I wonder if they go on the glassbottom boat ride? So a quick year of dating and they get hitched in a beautiful over the top extravagrant celebration in Savannah, Georgia to celebrate their domestic partnership. There is a wee bit of an age difference, just one generation of 16 years, yet they are in love, right? Age is just one subject up for debate as they are like two ships in the night with their careers as Late is a former Euro Pop Star and an entertainment reporter (we know that world!) so Late can sometimes be a bit of an Over-The-Top, dramatic flair person whereas Jeff is a serious sort of professional as a reserved and dispassionate federal investigator. One wonders what role playing might go on behind closed doors? The reality of their love is the wedge in their sex drives which needs a bridge to reunity them as they battle working through finances. As the old saying goes, ‘when money problems walk in the door, love flies out the window.’ Hopefully the lads can patch up the tears in their united blanket of love to last a lifetime.
The other couples are Kimberly and Alaska Gedeon, Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen, Kathryn Bougadis and John Lagoudes.
Here is the harsh statistics…half of all marriages end up in divorce. 50% chance of failure. Why do people do it? Why don’t they just live together? Well, love and marriage still go together. Countless industries depend on love becoming marriage and having weddings. Who wouldn’t want the dream of ‘Happily Ever After’!?! So the TV viewers will watch the couples put love to the compelling test in each hour long episode. The couples path never cross (maybe for a reunion?) though their stories offer a common thread that allows viewer to relate to the joys and challenges of married life. The issues run the gamut from fertility struggles and merging of finance to major cultural differences and beloved family drama. Can’t live with relatives yet can’t live without them! So the big question remains, “Which of these couples will survive the first year of marriage??’ The series is produced by Monkey Kingdom with Lauren Lazin and Will MacDonald as the executive producers.