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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?

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Comments (29)

Jeff Mulligan:

Marianne!

You're back, or have you been hiding in TV Week's Web-page basement all this time? Lucky I stumbled on you; been missing yourwit and wisdom. Best column/blog TV Week has.

But don't get too carried away over another purported reality show. Matchmaking is fun sport for participants and spectators alike. But if the show is for real, it will run out of interesting plots soon enough. Not many 41-year old handsome gay virgins out there (if any!). Instead, you'll soon be seeing a steady parade of pitiable divorcees and misfits on the show, until it gets yanked.

Great to find you back on the prowl!

Jeff

Cruiser:

Yo Blondie,

So you've been hiding in Buffalo? Looking for dates? Figures that someone would find a cluless gay stud in buffalo -- but he's a 41-year=old virgin who didn't even know he was in the closet? Musta been a eunuch from an early age; fell hard on the crossbar on his little boy's bicycle or something. Nobody dates out there anyway: too cold in the winter and too many bugs in the summer to go out.

Then again, introduce me to your tanning-parlor hottie and I'll give the show reasons for a real ratings boost!

Cruisin' not bruisin

Marianne Paskowski:

Hiya Jeff,

I'm back. Took a little hiatus from this stuff. I'm not on the prowl for men, believe me, one is enough,my husband, who I adore. But I liked this show a lot. And the woman who hosts it. Thanks for finding me up here, BTW, A&E ordered 13 episodes. Check it out on June 16th, my birthday, but no need for a card or gift.

Regards,
Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Oh Cruiser,

Sometimes you drive me insane. If you want to meet the tanning=parolor hottie, just watch the show. Not sure, but there's probably a website for this show and you can buy a one-way ticket to Buffalo.

I think you need to see this show, recalling all of our past emails.

Enjoy,
Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Sounds good, but what do I know.
Marianne

R.:

I've seen the ad on TV.
Awful. Why would anyone want to date a dirtbag, much less get attached to him!
Why would any worthwhile person (matchmaker) try to help this jerk get with a woman?
Are woman so desperate they want to spend time with a guy who would really rather
stare at their chest ... but the 'matchmaker' is gonna help them be good little boys on
their date to 'trick' a woman into thinking they are actually nice guys when they are not?
Seems less than human on the part of the matchmaker.
God help women!

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi R,
Well god help men, I actually know a guy who is dying to get on the show. I like the matchmatker, she's tough love. When we chatted, she was so down to earth. What's wrong with that?
Best,
M

R.:

M,
Maybe you miss my point?
If a guy is a jerk, but he gets someone to help him be a nice guy on a date ... chances are
he remains a jerk.
Nothing against Ms. Novak personally ...
I respect women and know there are too many dirtbags who (like the guy in the ad) don't
really have any respect or even a thought for them that doesn't come from below the waist.
The old saying is true about loads of guys ... the little head thinks for the big head. Too bad
women have to deal with the results.
R.

Spenser:

R.-- That is a horrible stereotype.

Marianne Paskowski:

R,
Write back when you see the show which premieres 6/16, hope you're surprised, I loved the rough cuts.
Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Spenser, of course R's post was such a stereotype, and I clearly don't feel the same way as R.
Marianne

Mary:

R-

I have a thought. Perhaps what we are all seeing are promotional advertisments and not the actual show itself. Many tv shows, especially reality shows, show things in their commericials that we, the viewers, never even actually see on the show. Those people are probably paid actors. Do some research.

PS- Most recent ad I saw showing REAL people in her office (what the show is actually about) tells me it's going to be a hit and I can't wait to watch.

Marianne Paskowski:

Mary,
Trust me, I did the research. These lonely hearts are the real deal.

Marianne

Bill of Amherst:

This show is a joke. BNI is a scam job. Check out the 'rants and raves' section of Buffalo's Craig's List to see the TRUTH about it all.

Marianne Paskowski:

Thanks for the heads up, will check it out

M:

We are real and somewhat prompted but we are not all desperately looking for love. We auditioned, made it on the show and had some fun with it.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi M,

Saw most of the reviews, very positive. Could not for the life of me find the craigs listing in Buffalo. Glad to hear you are real.

Regards,
Marianne

Glory of Yonkers:

I was surfing A&E Monday night when I came across your show, it was interesting, being a single female myself the advice you gave to certain individuals was enlightening, the girl who liked to tan, that was inconsiderate of her to call her friend, to scrutinize the gentleman she was dining with, but he was very gallant about it, but the advice about John was a little off putting, because he has not had a sexual relationship which is to me a very intimate act makes him a homosexual? and also because of his age I think he shows a lot of class and restraint that is a real man, I would not like to sleep with someone's history, I want my first time to be with the person I love and my wedding night, to be that special moment, I myself am a single female 39yrs old and have yet to experience that also, but I trust and rely on my faith to guide me in that situation and I know I will not have any regrets because I stayed true to myself and my heart.

Marianne Paskowski:

Oh Glory,

This is not my show, I'm just a TV writer reporting about what I saw. Thanks for checking in, I often write about TV shows that I find different and interesting.

Regards,
Marianne

Glory of Yonkers:

Hi Marianne, phew I am glad about that I really didn't feel that could come out of your heart, major major relief here in Westchester! I agree it was an interesting show, it was Match.com with legs, but I do wish everyone and pray for them all much love and luck.

Marianne Paskowski:

Glory,

Yikes, you are from my old stomping grounds. Tell my pals in Westchester that I did not go Hollywood, just moved to Cape Cod, and doing the same stuff, still writing about the biz, still just a voyeur.

Marianne

Zami:

Hi! jst wanted 2 make a comment & agree w u cuz this show seems so much real. I'm from california grew up close 2 hollywood & its different here so pls excuse my writtig its a short cut for texting. Well I really do not belive the 41yo was gay. He was persuaded but the girl he dated first should of teach him what s being w a woman s so then he can compare! I'd of like 2 meet him and teach him a lesson or 2. honestly I believe he was missmatch. I actualy ran into ur comments looking 4 him or the show.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Zami,

Good luck in your search.

Marianne

Mary Anne:

Hi Marianne,

Read your view and saw the show on 6/23. I found the bad reviews of the service on Buffalo's Craigslist under Rants & Raves. Some posted the contracts and rules of the service. It is not such a pretty picture, but the show is interesting.

Marianne Paskowski:

Mary Anne,

It's just TV, escape whatever.

Regards,
Marianne

Alicia:

I lived in Buffalo from 1988-1993 and loved it!!
While there, I went on a couple of dates with a man named Ken Novak. He is a dentist from Clarence. Phew! This guy would have greatly benefitted from Patti's advice! Any chance they're related? Maybe he can still learn a thing or two about dating.

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi,
You could probably go up on the net's online site and check press releases. If you are that curious...
Marianne

Premier Singles - CharlotteSingles.com launches local dating service in Charlotte

Keywords = Premier Singles, Charlotte Singles,singles,personals,personal ads,dating,match maker

Press Release Author - Jason Breakey and Barrett Stone


CharlotteSingles.com making the right connections

“I truly believe our Charlotte office is destined to change a lot of people’s lives in a positive way,” said Jason Breakey, the CEO and co-founder of Premiere Singles, one of the nation’s leading dating services. Opened since September, Charlotte Singles has already made an impact on the community at large.

“We’ve gotten off to a promising start in Charlotte,” replied Breakey. “We go out of our way to make our clients feel comfortable about joining our service, not trapped. Our staff goes the extra mile to do everything they can to improve our member’s social life. We push people out there a little bit to get the ball rolling for them. After that, it’s up to them.”

The Sales Director for Charlotte Singles is Stephanie Harrington. The office is located 4030 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300. The satellite office recently held its first social event for its membership that was a huge success.

“When you join our dating service,” remarked Sunny Davis, the company's National Director of Member Relations, “you don’t have to be rich in order to have a rich experience. With Charlotte Singles, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. It doesn’t matter if you feel you have shortcomings or limitations. What matters to us is you are a special and deserving person – so deserving that you can dare to dream that real companionship and love is not only attainable, but a reality we are determined to help you attain.”


Jason Breakey is the President of Premier Singles and Barrett Stone is the CEO. CharlotteSingles.com is part of the PremierSingles.com network.


For more information,


charlottesingles.com
4940 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209
Email: charlotte@premiersingles.com or
member.support@premiersingles.com
Phone: 1-888-558-7188 or 1-866-558-7188

Premier Singles - CharlotteSingles.com launches local dating service in Charlotte

Keywords = Premier Singles, Charlotte Singles,singles,personals,personal ads,dating,match maker

Press Release Author - Jason Breakey and Barrett Stone


CharlotteSingles.com making the right connections

“I truly believe our Charlotte office is destined to change a lot of people’s lives in a positive way,” said Jason Breakey, the CEO and co-founder of Premiere Singles, one of the nation’s leading dating services. Opened since September, Charlotte Singles has already made an impact on the community at large.

“We’ve gotten off to a promising start in Charlotte,” replied Breakey. “We go out of our way to make our clients feel comfortable about joining our service, not trapped. Our staff goes the extra mile to do everything they can to improve our member’s social life. We push people out there a little bit to get the ball rolling for them. After that, it’s up to them.”

The Sales Director for Charlotte Singles is Stephanie Harrington. The office is located 4030 Wake Forest Road, Suite 300. The satellite office recently held its first social event for its membership that was a huge success.

“When you join our dating service,” remarked Sunny Davis, the company's National Director of Member Relations, “you don’t have to be rich in order to have a rich experience. With Charlotte Singles, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. It doesn’t matter if you feel you have shortcomings or limitations. What matters to us is you are a special and deserving person – so deserving that you can dare to dream that real companionship and love is not only attainable, but a reality we are determined to help you attain.”


Jason Breakey is the President of Premier Singles and Barrett Stone is the CEO. CharlotteSingles.com is part of the PremierSingles.com network.


For more information,


charlottesingles.com
4940 Park Rd
Charlotte, NC 28209
Email: charlotte@premiersingles.com or
member.support@premiersingles.com
Phone: 1-888-558-7188 or 1-866-558-7188

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