We'll say one thing for the Rocket Science Labs production company folks -- they certainly are persistent. Fresh on the heels of this fall's Rocket Science-produced The Next Joe Millionairebomb, as well as Spring 2003's abysmal Married By America, Rocket Science Laboratories and FOX have announced My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, their latest unscripted series concept which will premiere on FOX on Monday, January 19, 2004 at 9-10 PM ET.
The six episode program, whose high-level concept can probably best be described as "What If Joe Schmo Got Married?", features what FOX terms "the ultimate practical joke" being sprung on an unsuspecting would-be reality show contestant.
The contestant, Randi Coy, a 23-year-old first grade teacher from Scottsdale, Arizona who believes she is participating in a reality show in which she and her fake fellow contestant "fiancé" must convince their families that they became engaged on another fake as-of-yet unbroadcast reality show. If they can convince everyone of the legitimacy of their engagement and make it through the engagement party, the wedding planner visits, the best friends and family introductions, the bridal shower, the rehearsal dinner and actually the walk down the aisle without anyone discovering the truth, she wins $1,000,000.
The catch is that unbeknownst to Randi, "Steve," the other reality contestant who is pretending to be her fiancé, is actually a paid actor, as are all his friends and family. And the big fat obnoxious "Prince-not-so-Charming" and his fellow actors will test the limits of Randi's family and friends with their shocking behavior.
Claudia DiFolco, who most recently co-hosted another Rocket Labs clunker, FOX's Anything for Love, will host the series. Jean-Michel Michenaud and Chris Cowan serve as executive producers. Ray Guiliani is the co-executive producer.