Further closing the narrow gap between outlandish television of a satirical future and actual television, VH1 has ordered Naked Dating, a new series that will be that. The ten-episode order reportedly comes from Lighthearted Entertainment, the production company behind similarly base dating shows Next and Are You the One?. In each hour-long episode, a single man and single woman will, separately, go on a couple dates. They will not wear clothing. Afterward, they will go over their dates, discuss if there were any exposed genitals they preferred, and decide whether to go on another date to be held within the rigid confines of our imperfect, clothes-demanding society.
The reason for this dystopian dating procedure? Turns out, not as television's last-ditch effort to pull ahead of the internet by turning pornography into a game show. The series will not actually show the nudity, as it will be edited "according to network standards"--though they also promise it will "be filmed in a remote exotic locale," if you really need to ogle something. Because, really, this is not about nudity. This is about truly great storytelling, right VH1?
"At first, this seems like a show that's all about a noisy, provocative hook -- and we embrace that," said Susan Levison, executive vp original programming and production at VH1. "But when you go deeper, it's really about something that we can all relate to -- the search for true love. It's also a series with heart and masterful storytelling -- both earmarks of an engaging, must-watch show."
About time a network is daring enough to tell a heartfelt, deeper story of true love and of the blurred penis flopping out of a party van that started it all.