On MTV’s newest reality offering, “Friendzone,” cameras stand by as long-time friends try to take their relationship to the next level — and sometimes crash and burn. Zap2it talked to producer (and “Jersey Shore” creator) SallyAnn Salsano about the show’s inspiration (her own life) and why this may be her favorite project yet.
“This happens at every age,” says Salsano. “I’m 36 years old and I was in the friend zone last year. I was like do I say something or do I not? Am I crazy? Am I that weird girl. It’s like you don’t know.”
And, no, we won’t see Salsano’s own story on the show.
Here’s how it works: Each week, we meet someone who has a crush on a close — often best — friend. That person, with the help of “Friendzone,” asks the object of their affection for help preparing for a blind date. But, surprise!, the friend soon reveals his or her true feelings for their bestie. We watch to find out whether it works — or ruins a friendship forever.
“At the end of every episode a month later we went back to see where they were,” says Salsano. “In some cases some of the people who at first said no came back and said they did want to give it a try. In other cases, people said yes and then were like ‘No thanks.'”
“I love the show,” she adds. “It is one of those shows that is so raw and so wrong that it’s right.”
“Friendzone” airs on MTV Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET.