20 May 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former Fox reality guru Mike Darnell should experience deja vu watching “I Wanna Marry Harry,” which recycles one of his favorite dating-show themes, employed in “Joe Millionaire” and “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” only with a Royal twist. Built around a simple if unstated idea — that people really don’t like reality contestants, and thus relish screwing with them — the show toys with the expectations of 12 candidates who assume they’re competing for the hand of the world’s most eligible bachelor. While it’s unclear if the concept will strike gold for Fox, it definitely creates an inhospitable environment for golddiggers.

Granted, the women — mostly in their early 20s, and seemingly chosen to reflect every bad stereotype harbored about their demo — do their part to inspire viewers to root for those aiming to deceive them. In the course of their direct-to-camera interviews, there are lines like, “I’m smart. »

- Brian Lowry

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