Reality show may shed some light on dating

Posted July 16, 2009, at 6:39 p.m.

It’s a great week for premieres and a new season of an old favorite.

On Monday, ABC kicks off a new reality series at 10 p.m.: “Dating in the Dark.”

It’s kind of a combination of the social experiment of “Big Brother” and the love sagas of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” The show puts three single men and three single women together in a house, and they’re asked to decide whom they would like to pursue a relationship with.

But of course, there’s a catch. They’ll be pairing up in the dark and won’t see the person they will be dating until after they have made their final pick. Check it out to see if love is better in the dark.

Then, tune in on Tuesday for season six of “Hell’s Kitchen.” I’m amazed that the fiery Gordon Ramsay has made it through this many seasons without getting arrested for assault, but he’s back and ready to heat things up. Although this one’s not programmed to record on my DVR, I find myself fascinated by the commercials and previews.

The hype surrounding this season is that (like all those before it) it’s “the most explosive, most outrageous and most intense elimination round ever seen.”

And after “Hell’s Kitchen” check out the premier of “The Colony” at 10 p.m. on Discovery Channel.

I might not watch much of it regularly, but I do love the ideas that Discovery comes up with for reality shows.

We’ve all seen apocalyptic movies where the world ends and there’s only one person left to carry on for all mankind (which, I realize is impossible). Now, there’s a reality show where viewers get to see what it’s like to live in a post-catastrophe world without having to experience the destruction firsthand.

And, the week wouldn’t be complete without a mention of “America’s Got Talent.” The Man on the Couch and I agreed that Wednesday night’s auditions by Kari Callen, Matt and Anthony, and Destined 2 Be are why we love this show.

If you missed it, be sure to check out some of the highlights online at www.nbc.com/Americas-got-talent.

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