Finding true love is big business in Hollywood. We’ve seen “The Bachelorette,” “More to Love,” “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire,” and “Shot At Love” just for starters. Now CMT is getting into the game with us “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality television show with a “north vs. south” twist, where city slickers and country guys vie for the affection of one southern belle, Devin Grissom.
“What I noticed about the city guys right away was once they came in, they had kind of a confidence, this air about themselves that I wasn’t really used to up to that point,” Grissom, 20, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “I hadn’t yet dated someone like that. I guess you could say they had a certain swagger about them, that’s mysterious and interesting to me. The country guys, I was more familiar with those types of people. Those are the type of guys I’ve dated in the past, the type of guys my friends are. I definitely felt more comfortable in those situations.”
Yet what sets this Alabama-based show apart from the many, many other playing cupid-related reality shows is, according to Grissom, the deeper level of substance.
“It’s not just a chick flick, a mushy gushy reality show. It really has a lot more to it than that. It’s city versus country, so it’s kind of like clash of cultures a little bit, as well. There’s a lot of drama that goes on,” she said. “The guys are hilarious. I can’t even say that enough. There’s laughs and there’s been crying in just about every episode. That’s so weird for me to see, because I had no idea that any of that had happened.”
And as in all reality shows, there is plenty of conflict.
“Everyone definitely does not get along. That’s the funniest part for me actually – to be able to watch episodes and see what goes on behind the scenes with the house and the conflicts that were happening,” Grissom said. “I didn’t know who disliked who, who got in a fight. Boys will be boys and they’re all living in a house together, so I really can’t hold it against them that there’s some drama there. I’m sure it’s tough on them.”
And although the University of Alabama junior is naturally more at ease around down home boys who drive a pick-up and hunt on the weekends, she is confident that a romance with a sophisticated urban dweller is definitely do-able.
“I really do think you can make it work, but it of course depends on the person. There are no real absolute differences between the North and the South, the city and the country. When it comes down to it, it’s who you fall in love with, and it’s a person and what matters is on the inside,” Grissom added. “Before the show, I had never really dated or gotten to know someone from the big city who had those kinds of values and beliefs and lived that lifestyle. I was more intrigued just to see the differences and curious to see it. So it was interesting to see how the relationships developed and went along. With the country guys, obviously everyone’s different, but I kind of knew what to expect, dating style. I knew that they would all be sweet gentlemen.”
But in the end, will Grissom stick to her southern roots or be swept off her feet by a citified beau? Stay tuned.
“Sweet Home Alabama” airs on CMT Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET