As they say in the dating world, it's a jungle out there. And now a literal-minded reality TV producer has spun a show around this concept.
In NBC's Love in the Wild, which is due to air next summer, twenty men and women will be paired each week and dropped into a remote location in the jungle with nothing but each other and a map. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the teams will be put through challenges and the ones who do best will be treated to romantic indulgences. At the end of the day, the partners decide if they want to stay together or switch partners for the next challenge.
The show is being billed as Survivor meets The Bachelor. But if we're talking about its derivative roots, why stop there? Fact is, this show also sounds a little like ABC's Here Come the Newlyweds, where couples work together to win a series of challenges. (That show was billed as Survivor meets The Newlywed Game.) And it's also reminiscent of that other reality/game show hybrid in a tropical locale, Fox's Temptation Island. On that one, of course, the couples faced challenges designed to pull them apart, which makes Love in the Wild sound positively classy.
Presumably, the couples' experiences in the jungle will test their ability to solve problems together -- a necessary tool in the belt of any married couple. Another boon: If a guy does fall for a woman in the jungle, she'll probably be makeup-less and sporting a sweaty ponytail. This look -- and not the Bachelor-eque one of sparkly evening wear -- is what he'll see more of once they're married. So maybe all couples should go through a series of jungle challenges to discern whether they truly love each other!
But let's face it: By now we know that most reality contestants are just looking for an opportunity to break into the entertainment business. For inspiration, they have only to look to Survivor's Elisabeth Hasselbeck (now a cohost on ABC's The View) and The Bachelor's Jake Pavelka (who's already landed on two TV shows -- Dancing with the Stars and Drop Dead Diva -- since his installment ended). The people competing on Love in the Wild may say they're looking for a mate. But what they're really looking for is a slot on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. And they'll take any wild ride to get there.
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