Yes. You read that right. I'm suggesting that my idea for Chris Coelen's next dating reality television series should be a show called Save My Union, and that it would be a complete hit. However, let's take things back a few steps and start from the basics.
Chris Coelen is the creative mind behind the social experiment dating sensations Love Is Blind and The Ultimatum on Netflix. Love Is Blind first aired in 2020 and is built on the premise that you date and get engaged to your partner sight unseen. Once the proposal is accepted, the couple meets in-person for the first time, they venture off on a honeymoon together, and then return to their every day lives to see if their love can withstand the challenges of the real world. At the end of the series, they meet at the alter to either say "I do" or "I don't".
The Ultimatum is a newer series that aired in 2022. One of the partners in the relationship have given an ultimatum to either get married or break up. The participants date each others' partners and choose who they would like to couple with for the experiment for three weeks. After those weeks pass, they are reunited with their initial partner for another three weeks, and at the end must decide to get engaged or move on.
What is Save My Union?
Save My Union is a show I created because I'm such a huge fan of Coelen's work. Coelen has done such a great job at creating series that unite couples in marriage that I figured it's time there's a show about helping couples stay united through marriage. The show would look something like this:
Couples married three years or more would apply to the show in hopes of saving their union. Recently divorced couples not interested in actively pursuing anything serious would also be encouraged to apply for the show. The show's premise is based on how life would be without your partner with the goal of spouses either renewing vows or choosing to part ways at the end of the series.
Stage 1: Couples Meet & Greet
The first stage of the experiment would be a mix and mingle event for the married couples to get to know the other couples in a casual environment. This would give viewers a chance to meet all of the couples and get a peak into why they're on the show. It would give participants the chance to build camaraderie with other couples who are going through similar challenges and have a safe space to discuss their concerns.
Stage 2: The Separation Vacay
The men and women are split up to go on a girls trip and a guys trip. The trip’s activities help each individual feel like they’re living the “single life” with other “single” friends. While most activities will not be co-ed, there will be a few times when everyone comes together for social gatherings. At these events, the divorcees will be introduced. Participants will be encouraged to date the divorcees to decide who they would like to be coupled with in the real world.
Stage 3: Live with A New Partner
The married couples separate and move into an apartment with their new divorcee partner that they chose on vacation. The new couple live together for two weeks, in hopes that the new partnership will help the still married individual uncover ways to save their marriage.
Stage 4: Return to Your Spouse
The married couples move back in with their spouses to try to apply what they’ve learned over the last three weeks to either save their union or part ways. During this time, there will be gatherings with the divorcees and the reunited married couples. This is also when the married couples’ friends and family may get involved in providing input or shedding light on the decision they’re contemplating.
Stage 5: Renew or Be Threw
At the end, the couples dress up to meet at a neutral location where they reveal to one another what they learned from the experiment and whether they want to renew their vows or move forward with separation in hopes of getting a divorce.
Would you tune in?
I know I’d have popcorn, a beverage of choice, and the TV volume turned all the way up just to tune in for the premiere, but the question is would you? Let me know what you think of Save My Union, whether or not you would watch it, or what you would change about my completely imaginary reality television dating series.
Don’t be too hard on me. A girl can dream. More importantly, ya girl had to get this done for her grad school assignment. Until next time, beYOUtiful, keep life sweet, and never stop feeding your soul. -xo