I’m write steamy love stories. I read steamy love stories. So obviously, I love romance. But I never thought I’d get hooked on a new reality show.
Have you seen the new NBC show, First Dates? I never intended to become a fan, I promise. But it happened to be on one night, and after a few minutes, I couldn’t look away. The premise is that couples meet at a trendy Chicago restaurant for a blind date. The hopeful romantics are diverse in age, race, and sexuality, and watching them struggle through awkward introductions is both funny and heart-warming. I can’t look away, and even my love is hooked, much to his chagrin.
Airing Friday nights on NBC, it’s the Americanized version of the British program of the same name. Ellen DeGeneres is the executive producer, and the episodes are narrated by Drew Barrymore.
Here’s the official description from the First Dates website.
Everyone can relate to the experience of a first date: the promise of potential love when it goes well and the hilariously awkward moments if it crashes and burns. From Executive Producer Ellen DeGeneres, narrated by Drew Barrymore and based on the hit U.K. format, this new series offers a voyeuristic look at a variety of real first dates happening throughout one night at the same restaurant in Chicago. The daters are of all ages, backgrounds and from across the U.S. The audience comes along for the ride in a refreshingly authentic viewing experience that plays like a real-life romantic comedy. At the end of each episode, we find out if the participants want to see each other again for a second date or if they head back to love’s drawing board.
Here’s a little clip.
And good news–you can watch entire episodes at www.nbc.com/first-dates.
Seriously, how can you resist? I love LOVE. Sigh.