Far from manipulating its participants and situations to increasingly ridiculous extremes, the Ellen De Generes-produced show simply pairs two strangers up, films every minute of their squirm-inducing/sparks-flying dinner table conversation at MK, a cozy Chicago restaurant, and then asks them whether they want their first date to lead to a second. The brainchild of Twenty Twenty Productions (the team behind life-fixing reality show Brat Camp and life-affirming BAFTA winner The Choir), the original version first hit British screens in 2013.
A word-of-mouth success, the show gradually became one of the Channel 4 network’s flagship hits; 69 episodes, including several celebrity specials, have aired since.
Indeed, instead of offering a few pithy quips, contestants are now expected to claw each other’s eyes out, serve up a never-ending stream of tear-jerking back stories and essentially act like the world’s worst human beings, all in the name of extra screen time.
That’s why NBC’s First Dates appears to have wandered in from a bygone age. is actually playing catch-up when it comes to the First Dates concept.
Dating Naked is a series that explores the art of romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes -- and clothes.
In each episode, two new men and women will strip down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary daters.
They were then sent on a cheap romantic getaway, all within the space of a single half-hour episode.
But ever since ABC created the monster that is The Bachelor at the turn of the century, the quest to find true love on TV has become a season-long process more arduous than a presidential campaign. , just about every romantic reality show to air in the past decade has been built on this model.
At the end of each episode, the daters will each pick the one person they connected with the best to be their keeper and stay on the island.
As sexy new daters arrive every week, vying for those coveted "keeper" spots, connections will be tested and relationships will develop.
Dirk Ellington (Bill Hader) hosts this dating show where a woman (Vanessa Bayer) choses between a regular guy (Bobby Moynihan), the wild and crazy guys (Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd) and the D*** In A Box Singers (Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg).