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'Dating in the Dark': The Latest Bizarre Reality Dating Show

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 21st 2009 4:00PM
Dating in the DarkWhat did we learn from last night's premiere of ABC's 'Dating in the Dark,' in which contestants meet in a pitch-black room before actually seeing each other and deciding if there's a love connection? We came away with these nuggets of wisdom: There are a lot of really desperate singles out there; in the Christina/Seth pairing, Christina turned out to be the creep; and, despite its unusual concept, the show actually makes for an interesting social experiment.

Of course, 'Dating in the Dark' is just the latest in a long line of reality dating series that have amused us, creeped us out -- or just plain horrified us. Remember these "gems"? -- By Kimberly Potts

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What's On Tonight: The Closer, Torchwood, Dating In The Dark

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 4:00PM
  • Secret Life of the American TeeangerTCM has moon and space movies all night.
  • At 8, ABC has a new episode of The Bachelorette, followed by the series premiere of Dating in the Dark.
  • NBC has a new Great American Road Trip at 8.
  • ABC Family has a new Secret Life of the American Teenager at 8, then a new Make It or Break It.
  • At 9, PBS has a new History Detectives.
  • USA has a new Monday Night RAW at 9.
  • TNT has a new episode of The Closer at 9, followed by a new Raising the Bar.
  • BBC America has the premiere of Torchwood: Children of Earth at 9.
  • ESPN2 has the World Cup Softball final at 9.
  • At 10, NBC has the series premiere of The Wanted.
  • Showtime has a new Weeds at 10, then a new Nurse Jackie.
  • TLC has a new Cake Boss at 10.
  • VH-1 has the series premiere of The T.O. Show at 10.
  • Travel Channel has a new Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10.
  • Also at 10: Bravo has a new Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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VIDEO The Show Girl: 'Design Star,' 'Dark Blue,' 'Dating in the Dark' & More!

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 17th 2009 9:00AM
Vern Yip, HGTV's 'Design Star'You've got questions, I've got answers -- I'm The Show Girl! This week, I get the scoop on the new season of HGTV's 'Design Star,' catch up with Dylan McDermott on the set of 'Dark Blue' and talk 'tween mania with 'Ruby & the Rockits' stars Alexa Vega and David Cassidy.

But what you won't want to miss? A special guest pops by to enlighten me about his new show with a lightning-fast 10-second plug. If you're scared of the dark, bring a flashlight.

Want more? Email me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com, follow me on Twitter @TheTVShowGirl and subscribe to The Show Girl video podcast on iTunes. Now watch, enjoy and come back next week for more. Until then, happy TV watching! -- By Maggie Furlong

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ABC has a new reality show where you date someone in the dark (no, really)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 2nd 2009 5:02PM
ABC logoI've given up trying to come up with lines for reality shows like "just when you think you've seen the worst of reality shows..." because they just keep coming up with this stuff. Now ABC has a new show where they're going to make couples live with each other and date each other in complete darkness. No, the couples aren't blind and this isn't some social experiment to see what life would be like if they were, otherwise they'd probably just have them wear blindfolds.

The new show is titled Dating in the Dark (of course) and is based on a show that ran in the Netherlands. It features couples that have been "scientifically matched for compatibility," which I take to mean they're actually brother and sister. They'll live in a house together in complete darkness. They'll have to eat in the dark, shower in the dark, play games in the dark, and, well, do it in the dark too. We'll watch everything though night vision glasses, like the killer in Silence of the Lambs.

A reality show where people live together isn't enough, now we have to watch them in spooky lighting. Next up: a dating show where people have their mouths duct-taped for 30 days.

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