Reality TV is notorious for indulging us with the right doses of guilty pleasure, whenever we desire to have a scoop. And one of the most fan-favorite subjects approached in these shows is dating. However, here’s the thing. In an era dominated by dating apps, algorithms, and social media, the beauty of real dates has disappeared. In earlier times, such meets often involved hints of awkwardness, shy first encounters, and funny situations.
Attempting to revive the beauty of actual dating is ‘Blind Date’ — a reboot of the eponymous show that aired for seven seasons from 1999 to 2006. This contemporary revival of the syndicated smash-hit dating reality series promises to bring in an old-school approach. It attempts to re-introduce the original emotions when couples meet for the first time, thereby, reminiscing the true magic of a blind date — where people get to know one another without holding any preconceived notions about each other.
Who’s the Host of Blind Date?
Nikki Glaser, best known as the host of Comedy Central’s daily live morning show ‘You Up With Nikki Glaser’, presents each episode of ‘Blind Date’. She has also appeared on the Netflix special, ‘Bangin’ and has formerly served as the host for ‘Not Safe With Nikki Glaser’.
Her acting credits include performances in films such as ‘Trainwreck’ and ‘And Punching the Clown’. Her tv roles comprise ‘Alone Together’, ‘Adam Ruins Everything‘, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’, ‘@Midnight’, and ‘Historical Roasts‘. She has even graced the sets of ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon‘ and ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’.
What is Blind Date About?
Before we dive into the concept of the rebooted ‘Blind Date’, let us get a basic understanding of its original version. In this show, each episode witnesses two individuals, completely unknown to one another, who are made into a pair and then sent off on a blind date. With cameras filming the whole encounter from start to finish, the episodes feature commentaries displayed via subtitles and showcase animations and “thought bubbles”, which are added by the creators.
Most of the time, the dates are unsuccessful, with couples either getting bored or finding nothing to converse about. In rare cases, the pairs even end up getting involved in verbal and physical conflicts. However, in some scenarios, the daters admit that they loved the date and would be willing to go out for a second time. But the fact is, almost none of the featured dates conclude in a long-term relationship.
In Bravo’s version, we witness the show adopting an almost similar premise. In a tryst to break the cycle where social media, dating apps, online chats, and preconceived notions dominate the romance scene, Bravo brings in a bunch of singles, harboring hopes to find true emotions. How? By being bold enough to participate in a blind date and leaving everything on fate. Who knows? Maybe love is actually an act of destiny!
However, in order to meet the demands of the modern audience, Bravo’s ‘Blind Date’ introduces a couple of twists so as to personalize its format to match social media trends. Each episode follows two people, different in ethnicity, sexual orientation and age, as they are sent off on a blind date. After they meet, there is always a string of unpredictable instances. By the end of the episode, we get to know if the featured individuals discover their true love or if they decide to ditch the whole idea.
Cameras and crew film every move of the daters. While some dates are rib-cracklingly funny, others are awkward or so cringeworthy that they manage to hit your nerves. Along the way, comedian Nikki Glaser guides fans through the meets with her funny commentary while taking the aid of graphics, animations, and of course, the legendary “thought bubbles”, to make the show extremely entertaining.
When there is nothing else but only your first impressions to gauge a potential partner, the whole experience is an adventure in itself. Sometimes, allowing yourself to venture into the unknown is the best way to explore yourself. And this is the whole essence of ‘Blind Date’.
Blind Date Season 1 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Blind Date’ season 1 premieres on Bravo TV on November 18, 2019, at 11.30 PM ET/PT. Each episode of the show spans a run-time of around 30 minutes.
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