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Can dating games get any dumber?

June 7, 2012


A decade of “The Bachelor” has all but ruined television’s dating-game genre. The notion of a single man or woman interviewing two or three possible suitors has gone the way of the dinosaur. Dating has now become a massive scrum, with each participant mugging desperately for the camera lest they get lost in the crowd.

George Lopez hosts the new series “Take Me Out” (7 p.m., Fox). He sounds a bit hoarse, even weary — as if he had spent weeks screaming terrible jokes over the squeals of a studio audience amped up to a phony Pavlovian frenzy by deafening music and cue cards.

‘‘Out” assembles 30 female worthies who stand behind illuminated podiums. When a potential suitor displeases them, they can turn off their respective lights. With each “no” vote, their podiums turn from white to red. A dating dud can expect a sea of crimson, like “Jaws.”

Lopez interviews a handful of the 30 girls, each one trying to out-giggle the others. The audience and contestants are whipped into a frenzy every time Lopez asks them to repeat a key phrase or recite one of the game’s rules. It can often sound more like a children’s show than a dating game. The combination of near-infantile behavior and sexual innuendo may strike some as disturbing.

The first male contestant arrives via elevator, accompanied by a blare of music. He plays air guitar — with his leg. Not to be outdone, Lopez shouts, “Come on, hot dog, meet these buns!” A handful of picky women turn their lights off immediately. The negative stampede gathers momentum after he reveals his “ripped” muscles and taste for bodybuilding. And he nearly loses the entire crowd after he confesses his love for bow hunting and gutting deer. Looking for love can be difficult anywhere. But this crowd is like a pack of wild animals!

‘‘The Choice” (8 p.m., Fox), a celebrity dating show, follows.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Songs of inspiration on “Duets” (7 p.m., ABC).

• Several dancers face life-altering decisions on the engaging new series “Breaking Pointe” (7 p.m., CW).

• Now in a new time period, “Rock Center With Brian Williams” (9 p.m., NBC) includes reports on an Olympics hopeful and high school soccer injuries.

• An angered community reacts after Dov shoots a teen suspect on “Rookie Blue” (9 p.m., ABC).


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 11 months ago

I think this should be attributed to Kevin McDonough.

Steve Stucky 5 years, 11 months ago

Headline: "Can dating games get any dumber"? Sure. Tune in to MTV. Especially parents!!!!!

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