Marriage is a beautiful institution between two people who love each other, and their wedding is a special time for the newly betrothed, their closest family and the producers and cameramen capturing it all for the subsequent reality TV series, which will undoubtedly serve as gossipy couch fare for millions.
The Plainsman's Kailey Miller (h/t NFL.com) reports that the upcoming marriage between former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and fiancee Katherine Webb will be televised for all to enjoy, which is apparently how celebrities get married nowadays. Save-the-dates go out with scripts for the next episode.
UPDATE: Thursday, April 10 at 11:33 a.m. ET
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports this potential reality series might be more of a one-off episode with a more limited cast that we first thought.
UPDATE: Wednesday, April 9 at 3:20 p.m. ET
AJ McCarron tweeted his response to reports that the family is preparing a reality TV show. It was essentially a "You do you; I'm gonna do me" kind of statement:
We are suddenly eager to watch this thing now.
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Miller spoke with some of the Webb family and learned a great deal about the upcoming show.
Webb's sister, Laurie Webb, states, "They’ve already started filming during the proposal." For the uninitiated, the two were engaged in March, divulging the great news to their Twitter followers:
Now, despite the decision to tape the proposal and move on into filming a reality TV show for the July 11 wedding, the two never thought about a show until recently.
Laurie Webb continues, "From what I understood, it came from someone else. I don’t think they were trying to get into a reality show, I think they just had the opportunity and decided to take it."
Miller is quick to point out that any show that might come from this marriage is in its infancy. She wrote: "According to Laurie, right now a group of producers are coming together to make the show, but they haven’t decided on a network yet."
For the moment, producers will hang around, capture interesting tidbits and hope that it all culminates in a captivating look at one of sports' more famous couples.
And really, this is just how things are done. More recently, Jets receiver Eric Decker and singer Jessie James enjoyed shooting their own reality TV series, entitled Eric & Jessie: Game On. The series' first season culminated with their wedding.
Most famous, of course, were the televised nuptials of Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries, an event that garnered an average of four million viewers.
Laurie continued, stating that there is only upside when it comes to capturing her sister's big day: "They think it’s a great opportunity. They can also have a documentation of special times during their life, which will be kind of cool."
McCarron will obviously be enjoying quite the year. NFL.com's Chase Goodbread states the QB "has been projected primarily as a second-day draft choice (Rounds 2 and 3), and was impressive both at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and last month at Alabama's pro-day workout."
So far, we've had no luck tracking down any word from either Webb or McCarron on the potential series. When you consider the number of fans each garners, any show that gets off the ground is sure to be a hit.
You only need recall how famous Webb became the instant the cameras at the 2013 BCS Championship Game caught her. With that, you really have to like the chances for any show featuring the two. With an audience that absolutely adores all things reality and those eager to know more about this tandem, networks have to be itching to get their hands on the rights.
Even before McCarron actually walks into the NFL ranks, you might just say he's a star. While it's still in the early stages, we are willing to bet this yet-to-be-named show will be a hit.
Forget the sappy notion that love is but a fairy tale, because it's 2014. Love, rather, is a reality TV series, and hopefully a popular one.