It was a love I never thought would die – my absolute adoration and appetite for a reality romance series.
And then came the second season of Seven Year Switch and boy, has my tune changed. Not only that, I have a sneaking suspicion it could herald a death knell for the genre.
And that’s because this increasingly grubby series is slowly sucking all the good will for the watching people fall in love, or rediscover love, on TV out of it.
And if it’s turning me, a rabid reality fan off, what is it doing for others around the country? And will it suck the oxygen out of upcoming shows like Last Resort and, God help me, The Bachelor?
Listen to the big problem with Seven Year Switch on The Binge.
To recap, the premise of Seven Year Switch is what it says on the box.
The show sets out rehabilitate long-term relationships suffering from the dreaded “seven year itch” syndrome. To do so, experts separate the at-their-wits-end couple and pair them up with a like-minded partner from a mirroring relationship in crisis.
Once they are shuffled into these new pairings, they work with each other – and, allegedly, the experts – to help get to the root of what is causing their problems at home. And, hopefully, once they reunite with their partner who has been through the same process, they all live happily ever after.
To say I was emotionally invested in Season One is an understatement. I even wept real human tears at times as I watched these broken couples come to devastating conclusions about what had harmed their marriages.