A&E's 'Confessions of a Matchmaker'
May 14, 2007 3:57 PM
The cable nets are just beginning to hype their new, original summer shows. A standout is A&E’s “Confessions of a Matchmaker,” a reality-based show which airs June 16. Why? Well we all know people who have gone to dating services, online or in person, but are too embarrassed to fess up. And for good reason. I have a friend who joined an online dating service and wound up with a druggie, who she actually had to get a restraining order slapped on to keep him away from her and her child, after changing the locks, phone numbers and email accounts. Bad scene.
But this reality show’s host Patti Novak, owner of Buffalo Niagara Introductions, a matchmaking service based in Buffalo, N.Y., gets results from her tough love methods. She told me her goal is to take the stigma out of matchmaking, which is now a regulated industry.
In one episode, a 41- year old, successful and attractive male who is a virgin had absolutely no idea he was gay until he hooked up with Novak, who finally got him into a gender appropriate relationship. But not all of Novak’s matches work, which makes this show so real, and Novak will tell you why. In another segment, Novak preps a young, overly made up, tanning-parlor-crazed woman to tone it down and stay out of the nuke booth for at least one week. Of course the airhead didn’t listen and it was fun to watch her mortified date run for the hills.
I recommend “Confessions of a Matchmaker” to all of my single friends. And if you’re really serious, a relo might be in your cards. Buffalo, per capita, is one of the cities with the highest population of single people. Who knew?