NBC debuts Ashton Kutcher’s The Real Wedding Crashers tonight

Another reality show baits people to sue it for intentional infliction of emotional distress when NBC debuts The Real Wedding Crashers tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Although the title is a play on the film, the wedding crashers here don’t just show up and try to hook up with other guests. Instead, the series’ actors work with the bride and groom to ruin the wedding. Executive producers Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg apparently decided to burn off the good karma he earned by creating a decent reality show, Beauty and the Geek, and returns to his Punk’d roots.

Critics who’ve seen the show aren’t impressed. The Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert writes that the show “is certainly disappointing in its disastrousness. … Instead of the ‘What!’ of the victims of ‘Punk’d,’ which is from the same producers, we get a mild ‘So what.'” Both he and Linda Stasi of the New York Post call NBC “desperate.”

And The Boston Herald’s Mark A. Perigard calls it “the worst TV series of the entire season” and says “I would rather rinse my eyes with gasoline than watch another episode of this crap.”

The Real Wedding Crashers [NBC]
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