Cultures Clash on New Lifetime Reality Series When Couples Face Their Potential In-Laws without the Comfort of Their Other Half in 'Face The Family' Premiering March 12
New One-Hour Series from Gay Rosenthal Productions Captures Lovers from
Diverse Backgrounds As They Meet Each Other's Families For First Time - Alone!
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 11 -- Lifetime Television takes the
meeting of a couple with their potential in-laws to an all-new level in the
one-hour reality series "Face the Family," it was announced today by Susanne
Daniels, President of Entertainment, Lifetime Entertainment Services. The new
reality series will brim with twists and unexpected turns as it captures
couples from different backgrounds and sensibilities who meet and move in with
their partner's family for five days -- alone. "Face the Family" premieres
SUNDAY, MARCH 12 at 11:00 PM ET/PT.
In the series, from Gay Rosenthal Productions (VH1's "Behind the Music"),
each young lover, who arrives as an outsider, is submerged in a family of
strangers from a contrary background. Their differences just may throw the
couple's once-happy future into jeopardy.
"This series represents Lifetime's commitment to giving reality television
a relatable point-of-view, in that there is something viewers can take away
from each episode," said Daniels. "Gay Rosenthal has been heralded for the
freshness and ingenuity she brings to her projects. Here, the universal
experience of meeting your potential in-laws, intertwines truth, humor, and
involves stories about couples in unexpected and entertaining ways."
In each episode, couples will meet one another's family for the first time
and will have to field no-holds-barred questions, as well as endure both
spontaneous and planned family outings. During the course of five days, the
couple is apart and can only speak once -- adding even more tension to their
already challenging circumstances. Later, the two sets of families finally
meet for the first time and judge the couple's relationship, sharing their
thoughts and concerns. Based on the week with the parents, the man and the
woman then state their intentions about their future to make the final
assessment: Will they stay together or go their separate ways?
The series travels to cities and towns that represent a great
cross-section of the U.S. with diverse backgrounds and a veritable culture
clash rife with traditions, customs ... and expectations.
"When you're meeting your potential in-laws for the first time, anxiety
and humor are inextricably linked. But the series' most distinctive hallmark
is 'the stakes,' said Gay Rosenthal. Adding, "When both families come together
to meet for the first time and judge the couple's relationship, it is a
question of whether or not they will they support the couple or try to tear
them apart? Then, of course, the couples must decide for themselves what's
next for their relationship."
During the past eight years, Rosenthal, president of Gay Rosenthal
Productions (GRP), has produced more than 275 documentaries. She co-created
the award-winning hit series "Behind the Music" for VH1, and has helmed a
variety of reality and documentary series. She also has produced several
network primetime specials including the series finale specials for both
"Friends" and "Frasier." Since then, GRP has expanded into scripted
programming with a half-hour comedy Nick-at-Nite's "Let Bob Do It," with Jason
Alexander ("Seinfeld"), and an animated series for Warner Bros.
"Face the Family" is produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions for Lifetime
Television. Gay Rosenthal, Paul Barrosse ("Behind the Music"), and Jeff
Apploff are the executive producers.
Lifetime is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated
basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, Lifetime is
committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information
programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their
families. Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women,
Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online are part of Lifetime
Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and
The Walt Disney Company.
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