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Fox plans Joe Millionaire knock-off, with women dating Prince Harry lookalike

Remember Joe Millionaire–and remember its failed second season, The Next Joe Millionaire, and all of the failed knock-offs? Perhaps you also remember how, in 2003, Fox’s entertainment chair called the second season “greedy” and said it should have been “a one-time stunt”?

Flash forward to 2014, when Fox has produced another season of the show, though it won’t have that title. However, from what we know so far, it is basically the exact same show. The series is called I Wanna Marry “Harry”, and features 12 single women dating a man they think is Prince Harry in England, but he is actually a lookalike, Matthew Hicks.

Deadline reported details about this last week, including that it will air this summer, and I’ve been trying to pretend ever since that it’s not actually happening (i.e. I totally missed it).

It was filmed last summer and is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and ZigZag Productions, a UK production company. Deadline notes that departed Fox reality exec Mike Darnell “originally brought in and ordered I Wanna Marry ‘Harry’ before leaving the network in May. The project was then shepherded by his successor, Simon Andreae, who is British-born.”

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