Meghan Markle will soon — i. Well, OK, the British part will come a little later after she passes a U. Her love story with Prince Harry has played out like a modern day fairytale , but let's not forget that, a few short years ago, the idea of an American actress winning Prince Harry's heart was literally a reality TV punchline. In , the same year Meghan Markle was launching her now-shuttered lifestyle blog The Tig and working on season three of Suits , Fox debuted I Wanna Marry Harry , a Joe Millionaire- style reality show that asked the question: Are American women dumb enough to believe they're on a season of The Bachelor starring Prince Harry? Yes, the show did outright tell them their leading man was Harry, although obviously he wasn't — more on that later.
Tonight, Fox celebrates its 25th year on the air with a special hosted by Ryan Seacrest, of course. While ABC was the first broadcast network to air a reality series Making the Band , and while CBS changed television with its first reality series Survivor , Fox has done everything from generating headlines for its offensive, WTF reality shows to defining an entire genre with actual quality television. Fox has alternated between leading the way American Idol and shamelessly copying other series Trading Spouses. We usually win our time slot, so somebody will want us.