When the lights are brought up, will the couples want to stay together?Executive Producer Tom Shelly talked to our Jim Halterman about the age-old question "Is love blind?
JH: There's no cash prize or vacation for the couples that wind up staying together at the end of each episode. We really wanted to see the answer to that age-old question "Is love blind?
" Jim Halterman: Where did the idea of a dating show in the dark come from?
Tom Shelly: The idea was actually a Dutch show created by John de Mol, who created Endemol, so it was his idea that we at Endemol make an American version for ABC. Was physical appearance a factor since they are going to be in the dark for a big chunk of the show?
An initial dark group meeting is followed by a series of one-on-ones initiated by participants, and soon the six are three pairs. "Dark" is an interesting idea with a refreshing lack of bombast and fakery that propels so many reality shows: The participants are clean-cut, pleasantly attractive regular folks (though one has a Jude Law aura).
But the lack of visual input means things turn nonphysically intimate quickly -- after just one or two visits, both men and women are trading sentimental keepsakes. But sadly, without the catfights, the gaming of the process or copious alcohol, what "Dark" proves is that real life is kinda dull.