'Couples Therapy' Premiere: Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen on Reality TV Lies and 'Doctored Dramas' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Alex McCord and her husband Simon van Kempen, former stars of Bravo's Real Housewives of New York City, are used to arguing in front of a camera, but now they seem to be in agreement on screen. The pair have checked into VH1's Couples Therapy for the reality series' second season.
Four years of constant drama on RHONY led the reality TV couple to the brink of separation, so when VH1 offered them a spot on their hit couples-counseling show, the duo decided to take the plunge back into the world of reality television. McCord and van Kempen say they were pleasantly surprised, however, by their experience this time around.
"The Housewives franchise, as well as lot of reality TV shows, are called docudramas, but in a lot of ways, they are doctored dramas or they're surreality. They are not reality anymore," van Kempen explained to Celebuzz. With [Couples Therapy], you film 24/7 for 21 days, you put five couples in a house and things are bound to happen. There are no storyline producers running around... It was refreshing."
Read on for more on why the pair thinks Couples Therapy is more real than most reality TV.
"The Housewives franchise as a whole has been incredibly successful, but people are starting to see-through the conceit," continued van Kempen.
McCord told us she believes that audiences are craving more authentic shows like Couples Therapy. "As this reality TV phenomenon has grown and morphed, people have a taste for real, actual reality," she said. "This show was 24/7, there were hidden cameras everywhere, and you just existed. There were no engineered setups, there was no alcohol..."
Van Kempen added, "We lived in a dry house for 21 days. So if there's anything being said or if anyone is falling over, it's not because they're drunk, it's because they've reacted that way. Alcohol fuels a lot of these reality TV dramas, but this one, the drama is not alcohol-induced."
Couples Therapy Season 2 premieres Wednesday at 10 PM on VH1.
Alex McCord's line of bath towels and linens, which she conveniently brought to the set of the VH1 series, hits Groupon the same day. Keep an eye on Celebuzz for more of our video interview with McCord and van Kempen.