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Who Won the Trip Around the World on 'Love in the Wild'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 4:02AM
'Love in the Wild'Congratulations to the Peacock on what turned out to be a very fun first season of 'Love in the Wild' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). The season finale saw the final two couples racing to the finish line for a chance at a first class trip around the world.


As I watched the season, though, I couldn't help but see it as the love story of Samantha and Mike. Maybe it's because they were paired up on the first adventure and instantly began what would turn out to be a long-term and legitimate romantic connection, but something about that pair was so dynamic all season.

Add to that the fact that they won more legs of the competition than anyone else, and it really has been their season. Other couples switched it up through the early part of the season, but Mike and Samantha stayed strong and together as long as they were able to. Would their dominance carry them through?

I found myself not only rooting for them to win, but actually feeling that they had to win in order for this story to end properly. This is their story, and as lovely a couple as Heather and Miles are, it just wouldn't have felt right for them to swoop in at the last minute and steal it. Completely irrational, or brilliant manipulations by the editors and producers?

It felt like kind of a foregone conclusion that Mike and Samantha would win, but on this two-day-long final challenge, Heather and Miles were definitely giving them a run for their money. At the end of the first day, 26 seconds separated the couples. But despite a rolled ankle, it ended as it began.

Mike and Samantha are headed for a trip around the world, while Miles and Heather leave knowing they did find love in the wild. There were several successful hook-ups on the show, proving that maybe high adventure is a better way to forge bonds than what so many other dating shows do.

While it hasn't officially been picked up for a second season, NBC has begun casting for it, so it seems reasonable to assume we'll be looking for love again next summer (or even sooner if their in-season line-up falls apart). I'd love to see a bigger scope to the challenges and maybe even the environments next time.

More than that, I'd love to get follow-up text blurbs like we got for the final two couples each week, to let us know how all the eliminated players are faring in their ongoing quests for love. Did you enjoy this first season of 'Love in the Wild,' and perhaps more importantly, would you tune into a second run?

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This show was a bunch of bullshit. I knew this show was rigged for this couple. I was sort of enjoying this show until I realized this. Trust me, they'll break up as soon as one of them realizes the other is bipolar.

August 18 2011 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the show, would love to have a follow up one nite show to let us know how everyone is doing not in the real world and especially of the ones who didn't make it, and how they fared after the show ended.

August 18 2011 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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