Let’s get right to the point: on most other dating shows, contestants attempt to get to know one another and hope for the best when it comes to physical chemistry. On VH1′s newest dating show, Dating Naked, we’re putting it all out there, from personality to…everything else. (And not only will contestants truly be naked, but each episodes of the 10-episode order will be filmed in an exotic location to really set the mood. Assuming no one gets sunburned.) Now that The Hollywood Reporter has broken the news of the brand new show, we invite you to read on for all the details on Dating Naked.
VH1 GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES “DATING NAKED” (working title) WHICH ASKS,
“IS IT EASIER TO FIND TRUE LOVE WHEN YOU TRULY HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE?”
NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 – VH1 has given the greenlight to “Dating Naked” (working title), a one-hour weekly series that will explore the art of romance free of pre-conceived notions, stereotypes — and clothes.
The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. Would your quest be more successful if you truly had nothing to hide? There’s no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you.
Filmed on a remote exotic locale, each close-ended episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different, naked suitors. At the end of the episode, the two romance seekers analyze what they’ve learned from their dates and themselves before deciding on whether or not to move forward with their prospective love matches. Once everyone has stripped away the artifices of our modern world and revealed their ultimate, honest selves, the results will be surprising. The hosted series will consist of 10 one-hour episodes that will be edited according to network standards.
“At first, this seems like a show that’s all about a noisy, provocative hook – and we embrace that,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, VH1. “But when you go deeper, it’s really about something that we can all relate to – the search for true love. It’s also a series with heart and masterful storytelling – both earmarks of an engaging, must-watch show.”
“We created this show based on marrying a provocative idea with a back to basics philosophy. With all the dating options in the world, what happens if you take one man and woman and strip them of all their pretenses?” VH1 immediately understood our vision and is a fantastic partner on a show that uses a social experiment to provide a fun an entertaining look into how men and women interact when they bare all,” said Howard Schultz, President of Lighthearted Entertainment.
“Dating Naked” was created and is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment. Executive producers are Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler. Executive Producers for VH1 are Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills.
About Lighthearted Entertainment:
Lighthearted Entertainment was established in 1992 by CEO Howard Schultz as an independently-owned television production company, specializing in all forms of non-scripted programming. Schultz and the Lighthearted team are fiercely committed to translating their creativity, energy and ideas into shows that tap into the zeitgeist of current culture. Producing literally thousands of hours of television across cable, syndication and broadcast networks, hits such as FOX’s “The Moment of Truth,” ABC’s
“Extreme Makeover” and MTV’s “Next” have also enjoyed appeal worldwide. More recently, Lighthearted produced TNT’s adventure series “72 Hours,” Animal Planet’s “Lone Star Legend,” and the currently airing MTV hit, “Are You The One?” Rob LaPlante (Executive Producer of A&E’s “Obsessed” and MTV’s “Is She Really Going out with Him”) serves as Executive Vice President and Jeff Spangler serves as Vice President of Development.
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