FInd New Hosts for ‘Find My Family’

Just because you were adopted does not make you an expert on adoption … I adopted a cat but you don’t see me on “Animal Planet”

Last Updated: December 7, 2009 @ 4:25 PM

I’m not ashamed to admit that I love “reality” television, In fact, I’m counting down the days to the season premier of "The Bachelor" on ABC like my kid counts down to Christmas — and by Christmas, of course, I mean Chanukah.

A couple of weeks ago I watched a sneak preview of ABC’s newest reality show “Find My Family,” and after I promised myself I would not watch it again, I watched the official full-length version, Mondays at 9 p.m. I’m already annoyed with myself.
 
This is a brilliant idea and has the potential to be a runaway hit because it’s a feel-good hour of television that you know will always have a happy ending. It brings closure to people who have been searching for someone — and ABC is not going to set us up for a crushing ending.
 
My issues with this show are with the hosts Tim Green and Lisa Joyner. They are both accomplished people, but just because you were adopted does not make you an expert on adoption. 
 
I adopted a cat from the animal shelter but you don’t see me on "Animal Planet" hosting a show about cats. And just because I am Jewish does not make me qualified to host a show about matzo ball soup on the Food Network.
 
I simply cannot stand watching Green and Joyner ruin an entertaining and heart-tugging hour by sucking the joy out of it.
 
Watching Green makes me want to chew on glass. He is just awkward and weird, and while I am sure he is lovely, his fake crying is insane. He reminds me of all the men of NBC’s “Catch a Predator” who get caught and cry and when they realize there is nothing they can do to get out of trouble, they stop the fake waterworks.
 
Joyner made my ears bleed. A young woman told her that she was nervous to meet her biological parents, and she responded that she knew exactly how the girl felt. Really? She has no idea how the girl felt and should have kept quiet. The moment was not about her
She looks like she is in pain when she visits these families — but not the emotional pain of sharing their experience. More of the constipated kind of pain that contorts your face in a not flattering way.
 
The show is about the people you are helping — not you, Tim and Lisa. You both need to shut up and let the stories be the magic that they are.
 
This show is similar to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in that people like the sappiness of it all. Even though Ty Pennington is annoying, he is sincere and a goofball so it works. Lisa and Tim are just joy-suckers. 
This show has real beauty in it, and if they don’t can these two there is going to be an end in sight. Soon.
 
 

Ilana Angel is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She is author of the "Keeping the Faith" singles blog for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. You can follow her at www.Twitter.com/ilanaangel.