Reality TV "pioneer" bride Darva Conger returns as GSN's 'Vegas Weddings Unveiled' host
By Wade Paulsen, 06/23/2004
Does anyone need more proof that reality TV stars will do anything to extend their 15 minutes of fame?
GSN, formerly known as the Game Show Network, has launched a new reality show entitled Vegas Weddings Unveiled, which will focus on weddings in Las Vegas, from planned nuptials to the impulsive, often dysfunctional marriages that take place at the all-night wedding chapels. Host of this show, broadcast Fridays at 10:30, is Darva Conger, one of the pioneers of network reality TV -- who has now extended her 15 minutes of fame for four years.
Because of her background, Darva can be expected to be sympathetic to the quickie-Vegas-wedding "victims." However, the semi-documentary style show is less sympathetic. Vegas Weddings Unveiled will "infiltrate" real-life Vegas wedding chapels, wedding limos and marriage "hot spots" to examine the spontaneous atmosphere of weddings in the gaming capital of the world. Creators and executive producers of the six-episode series that debuted June 18 (which will probably run forever in reruns on GSN) are Sam Sokolow and Rob Lobl of SokoLobl Entertainment.
Rich Cronin, CEO of GSN, said, "In light of famous impromptu weddings, we were eager to branch out into this genre and feel like this is a fresh take on a very beloved tradition" We guess that's one way to look at quickie Vegas weddings -- "a very beloved tradition" -- but we doubt Britney Spears' parents would agree.
According to Cronin, the show also "played on the inherent tension of the couples" (or perhaps their high blood-alcohol levels) "by manufacturing some difficult situations to see how they would react." We wonder what situation could be much more difficult that getting married on the spur of the moment ... unless, of course, you decide to get married on the spur of the moment and then make a wedding-night sex tape, as Survivor: All-Stars third-place finisher Jenna Lewis and her male-model husband did in May. On the other hand, it would seem that, if you were going to make a sex tape featuring the number of positions and acts that Jenna's reputedly does, a quickie wedding beforehand might not be such a bad idea, since it would probably prevent the lawsuits over tape ownership that have bedeviled previous reality-TV sex-tape queen Paris Hilton once the tape spreads to the Internet.
We hope we aren't giving the producers any ideas for future "difficult situations."
Said Darva, "I am very excited about this project and opportunity to serve as host of my own show. I feel that it is a great way to make a negative experience into something positive and fruitful." Or at least a better way than getting your butt kicked by Olga Korbut.