Exclusive Interview with Here Come the Newlyweds’ Steve & Dana Krashin!

April 1, 2008 08:17:43 by Jennifer_Brown

The-Krashins-Courtesy-ABCExactly what is it that has set ABC’s Here Come the Newlyweds apart from the other reality TV shows out there? It could be the “light” format of the show. Perhaps it’s the way the contestants are directly responsible for earning the money that will be in the final pot. Maybe it’s the steady flow of humor coming from host Pat Bullard and even some of the contestants themselves. But more than anything it’s been the lack of cattiness among the contestants.

This is what made the elimination of Steve & Dana Krashin even more surprising to viewers, as The Krashins seemed to have been the first couple voted off out of retribution and at the hands of an “alliance.”

Recently Reality TV Magazine spoke with The Krashins about their elimination from Here Come the Newlyweds, which took them out of the running for the grand prize, which currently stands at well over $400,000.

“We’ve spent every waking moment since we were done taping going back over and rethinking every different angle and situation,” says Steve. “Even with my wife’s extensive watching of reality TV, she didn’t quite know how to figure out the angle of this one.”

“We’re not good at being sneaky,” Dana agrees. “We’re too honest.” The honesty she’s referencing was her eleventh-hour confession three episodes ago to The Holmeses and The Freises that she was not going to vote for The Woodwards as they had all originally agreed to do, but would be voting for The Freises instead. This crucial decision ended up costing The Krashins the trust of some of their fellow housemates and ultimately cost them the alliance they had been steadily forming with The Holmeses and The Moutras.

“I think The Freises are very lovely people,” Dana says. “This was a good group of people from the start. The seven couples were all fantastic couples. [We didn't change our vote] because we didn’t like The Freises. They’re super competitive people. But we were friends with The Moutras and The Holmeses and wanted to hang with them as long as possible. From the very beginning we wanted The Moutras to get the money. We also felt from them that they wanted us to get the money.”

The Krashins must feel some consolation then, as last week’s elimination of The Freises has left The Holmeses and The Moutras the final two, battling it out for the grand prize.

Here Come the Newlyweds airs Sundays at 10:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

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Here Come the Newlyweds Goes Shopping…

March 14, 2008 07:31:57 by Jennifer_Brown

Here-Come-the-Newlyweds-Courtesy-Vivian-Zink-ABCMost men would consider this their worst nightmare. But for the remaining Here Come the Newlyweds contestants, it’s just another step toward that growing jackpot waiting for them at the end of the show.

This week on Here Come the Newlyweds, the guys are charged with the task of pointing out their wives’ physical flaws, followed by a parenting test, where the teams must keep up with several children, and finally, a shopping test. Each man will be sent to a grocery store, armed with a cell phone, over which their wives will be instructing them what to buy, by only using broad descriptions.

Here Come the Newlyweds is hosted by comedian, Pat Bullard. The remaining teams are:

Crystal and Johnnie Moutra, Dawn and Cody Freis, Heather and Lance Holmes, Dana and Steve Krashin, and Toni and Barry Woodward.

Kaia and Thomas Jacobi were eliminated in week one, while Fawziah and Atif Bajwa were sent home in week two’s elimination.

The grand prize for the winner of Here Come the Newlyweds currently stands at more than $300,000.

Watch Here Come the Newlyweds Sundays at 10:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

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Exclusive Interview with Here Come the Newlyweds Host Pat Bullard!

March 12, 2008 03:16:43 by Jennifer_Brown

Pat-Bullard-Courtesy-ABCWhen it comes to creating funny TV, not many are more versed than Here Come the Newlyweds host, Pat Bullard. Over the course of his career, Bullard has done it all – stand-up comedy, writing, editing, producing, and even acting. And now,hosting reality TV!

Bullard, who got his first taste of reality TV by hosting FOX’s Wedding Surprises, keeps contestants (and ABC audiences) giggling with his quick one-liners and one-of-the-guys style. This one-time writer of such hit scripted sitcoms as Roseanne and Reba reports that he’s perfectly content to be working on the unscripted side for now.

“It’s a genre now. Sitcoms are a genre, one-hour dramas are a genre – you have to face the fact that reality is a genre,and a good one,” Bullard told Reality TV Magazine in a recent exclusive interview. “The reason reality TV works is because there’s a story being told. You develop a character, you follow a journey, and there’s an end. It’s very, very good and it’s very, very entertaining. It is not going to go away.”

Bullard says he thinks he could host a serious and drama-packed reality show just as good as the next guy, but what drew him to Here Come the Newlyweds is the light, comedic tone of the show.

“We have to admit that there are some [reality shows] that just kind of make you cringe. You see the ugliest side of humanity. That’s not something I want to be part of. Here Comes the Newlyweds shows a good side of people and makes people laugh.”

While Bullard at first thought the idea behind Newlyweds wouldn’t be possible to pull off, he loved the idea and knew what he could bring to the table: a sensitive but funny role as host.

“I idolized Johnny Carson,” Bullard explains. “There’s nobody that compares today to Johnny Carson, other than David Letterman. What Johnny did, and what Johnny was so wise to do, is he listened to his guests. If the moment was right he made a joke, if the moment was wrong he didn’t make a joke. At the end of the day people inevitably said, ‘Did you see Johnny last night?’ That’s who they talked about because Johnny made people shine, and that’s how I approach hosting.”

But, Bullard admits, making this particular batch of contestants shine isn’t too hard. His appraisal of some of the Newlyweds contestants: “Barry [Woodward] is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He laughed along with me. Dana Krashin is very witty and very quick on her feet, and so is Johnnie Moutra. Johnnie and Crystal are a perfect match. They balance so well. People liked [The Jacobis] so much. What an impact they made on the public in one episode! By the end – boy oh boy, I hated to send anyone home.”

But sending folks home is part of reality TV, and Bullard has his own style of doing that as well. Parting from the reality standard, where some hosts torment their contestants before announcing their elimination from a show, Bullard lets the contestants on his show go with as little mess as possible. “I suppose I have a dislike for false drama. I have a dislike for things that are not genuine. I see a lot of things on TV that are falsely drawn out. Let’s just rip that Bandaid off because somebody’s gotta go. Say goodbye and reflect on how much we liked them and let all the couples say goodbye to each other.”

Bullard, who once watched reality TV with a script-writer’s eye, trying to find “what’s wrong with” reality TV, admits that he’s now “hooked,” and cites The Biggest Loser as one of his favorites.

“Talk about some addictive TV,” he says. “Talk about a beginning, middle and end. I really enjoy that show.”

But his favorite, he says, is ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. “Not only do I like it,” he says, “I want to be on it!”

Sounds like a nice new addition to an already-impressive resume!

Catch Here Come the Newlyweds on Sundays at 10:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

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Here Comes The Newlyweds Meets Dancing With The Stars

March 9, 2008 01:15:35 by Joe Reality

Karen Neal

This week’s episode of Here Comes The Newlyweds features a crossover with alumni from another ABC reality TV show. The episode is entitled “Take My Wife, Please.” The couples will receive tango lessons from Tony Dovolani and Elena Grinenko, who are alumni of Dancing With The Stars.

Who will judge the couples’ tango dances? None other than Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba. Carrie Ann will assign final scores to the couples. In addition to the tango dancing, the husbands will roast their wives. Roast as in a comedy roast. Professional comedy writer Greg Fitzsimmons will help the husbands write their roasts.

Also, the wives will receive head-to-toe beauty makeovers, and the husbands have to identify what changes have been made. Here Comes the Newlyweds airs on Sunday, March 9 from 10 PM to 11 PM ET on ABC.

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Exclusive Interview with Here Come the Newlyweds’ Crystal & Johnnie Moutra

March 4, 2008 01:56:18 by Jennifer_Brown

Moutras-Courtesy-ABCFans who kept their TV’s tuned to ABC after Oprah’s Big Give’s season premiere last Sunday were treated to another surprising feel-good premiere – Here Come the Newlyweds. In this new reality show, seven teams of newlywed couples engage in relationship-testing challenges to vie for a huge $300,000 (and growing every week) cash prize.

Reality TV Magazine recently caught up with one couple, Crystal and Johnnie Moutra, to get the skinny on this hot new show.

For the Moutras, timing has been everything. The couple, who got engaged at a Rockets game (where they’d had their first date, first kiss,insert “Awww” here), and is approaching their one-year anniversary, just barely made it to the Newlyweds casting call. Johnnie says a co-worker told him about the casting call, which was to take place the very next day. It was a rainy day, and the couple almost didn’t go. But despite the rain, Johnnie and Crystal decided to go for it after all.

“We wanted to be on TV,” Johnnie says of the couple’s decision to try out for the show. “One of the main reasons was because we wanted to show everyone that a young couple can make it in a marriage. There’s a lot of divorces going on these days.”

“A lot of young girls and boys think they know what love is and they really don’t,” Crystal adds, emphasizing that she hopes young people watching the show will see what needs to be looked for when contemplating marriage.

For the young couple, the timing of the show couldn’t be better. Johnnie and Crystal currently live in a house with 10 people and share one car between the two of them. Although they have hopes of winning the money so they can buy themselves a house and a car, they admit that being away from their large family is their biggest challenge during the show.

“We all work together in one place, so not being around them was the only thing that we missed,” Johnnie says.

But the Moutras are determined to keep their good humor, no matter what. In fact, for Johnnie, humor is a big deal – something he showed audiences on the premiere. “He always knows when it’s a good time and when it’s a bad time to be humorous,” Crystal says of her jokester husband. “It’s one of the things I love about him.” In fact, the team believes that Johnnie’s natural comedic side will keep them in the game longer. “They won’t vote us off, because they’re going to miss us if they do that,” Johnnie jokes.

And if they don’t win the money? The Moutras aren’t worried about that.

“A lot of people are breaking up and getting divorces because of money. It’s not going to be an issue with us. We’ll know how to handle it,” Johnnie says. “Whether we win the money or not, we’re going to be alright.”

Here Come the Newlyweds airs Sundays at 10:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

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Here Comes The Newlyweds Premieres On ABC

March 2, 2008 01:35:20 by Joe Reality

Here Comes The Newlyweds

Here Comes The Newlyweds is being billed as a romantic comedy reality series by ABC. The show features seven just-married couples competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The show is hosted by comedian Pat Bullard. The newlyweds include high school sweethearts, couples who fell in love at first sight, an arranged marriage, an interracial couple and two divorcees who are hoping the fourth time is the charm.

The premiere episode on Here Comes The Newlyweds is entitled “My Wife the Backseat Driver.” For the first reward challenge, each husband is blindfolded and asked to choose which kiss belongs to his wife. Every correct answer adds $10,000 to the final prize.

Also on the premiere episode, the couples will get advice from a sex therapist. In the first immunity challenge, wives will be challenged to give driving directions to their blindfolded husband. The husband who knocks down the least number of obstacles will win immunity from elimination for him and his wife.

At the end of the episode, all the couples will vote to send one couple home. Here Comes The Newlyweds premieres on Sunday, March 2 from 10 PM to 11 PM on ABC.

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ABC Says “I Do” to New Reality Series, Here Come the Newlyweds

February 11, 2008 04:56:59 by Jennifer_Brown

ABC LogoABC proved with iconic game show, The Newlywed Game, that they know how to make newly married couples a television hit.Now ABC is bringing a new newlywed game to the airwaves — this time in the form of reality TV.

Here Come the Newlyweds is described as a romantic comedy realityseries, and pits seven newly married couples against one another to compete for a several hundred thousand dollar nest egg.

Hosted by comedian Pat Bullard, Here Come the Newlyweds is”all about relationships, the differences between men and women, and the universal issues that every couple must face.” The competing couples are diverse, including high school sweethearts, a couple who fell in love at first site, an arranged marriage, and even a pair of divorcees, married for the fourth time.

The challenges, designed to test the couples physically, emotionally, and mentally include such tasks as being blindfolded and having to tell which kiss belongs to their spouse or driving, blindfolded, while following the directions of their spouse.

The couples vying for the nest egg are:

* Fawziah & Atif Bajwa – An arranged marriage, this couple had only one date before their wedding, which lasted three days and had over 500 guests. Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio.

* Dawn & Cody Freis – Cody, an airplane pilot, fell head-over-heels in love with Dawn the day he met her. To be together as much as possible, Dawn quit her job to become a flight attendant. Hometown: Denver, Colorado.

* Heather & Lance Holmes – Lance told Heather’s girlfriend that he was going to marry her the moment he saw her. They both professed their love to each other after only three months. Hometown: Middletown, Ohio.

* Kaia & Thomas Jacobi – Since they worked at the same company, Kaia and Thomas kept their romance a secret. Kaia’s father is a reverend and insisted that Thomas be baptized. Hometown: Washington, D.C.

* Dana & Steve Krashin – They were high school sweethearts and dated 11 years before they got married. Since they have been together for so long, Dana thinks Steve should have ESP and know all her thoughts by now. Hometown: New York.

* Crystal & Johnnie Moutra – Johnnie proposed to Crystal at a Houston Rockets basketball game. They live with his parents and 10 other relatives in one house. Hometown: Missouri City, Texas.

* Toni & Barry Woodward – Combined, this is their seventh marriage which they say is their lucky number. They never touched, kissed or hugged before they were married. Hometown: Deer Park, Texas.

Here Come the Newlyweds will premiere on Sunday, March 12, 10:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

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