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More 'Dating in the Dark' for ABC

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 10th 2010 2:00PM
Dating in the DarkLate last year, when people were caterwauling over the baseness of ABC's 'Conveyor Belt of Love', a show that was often lumped into the same we're-going-to-hell-in-a-handbasket category was the Alphabet Net's summer series 'Dating in the Dark.'

The comparison was a bit unfair. Not that 'Dark' was Shakespeare or anything, but at least it had the faint patina of being part scuzzy dating reality show, part social experiment. Would these people who got to really like each other in a pitch-black room still like each other when the lights were turned on? The surprise of the show's first season was that, no matter what you hear on those sickening eHarmony commercials, both men and women have the capacity to be shallow as hell.

The good news is that we'll be seeing more of that this summer, as word comes from Variety that ABC has ordered six more episodes of 'Dating in the Dark.'

Hopefully, the producers will put in some more twists this year. Maybe, instead of the sets of men and women being compatible, looks-wise, we see models and nerds a la 'Average Joe.' Or average-height people mixed with little people (or does Discovery Networks have every little person in America under contract?). Or skinny people mixed with not-so-skinny people. Then we'll see people's shallowness put to the test, because it'll also have more underpinnings of guilt.

What combos of people would you want to see grope each other in that dark room? Let me know in the comments.

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