ID goes on “Dates From Hell”

U.S. net Investigation Discovery is to launch Dates From Hell on July 11, as part of the channel's Wednesday night programming block 'Love Gone Wrong.'
June 25, 2012

American net Investigation Discovery is to launch Dates From Hell on July 11, as part of the channel’s Wednesday night programming block ‘Love Gone Wrong.’

The Sharp Entertainment 6 x 30-minute series profiles dates that have ended up becoming fights to the death. The premiere episode, which airs at 10 p.m EST, sees an American tourist having a date with a seemingly charming Italian, before he leaves her to scale the rooftops of Rome searching for safety.

Other stories include two college sweethearts tortured by gang members, a woman who escaped a kidnapping, and a man who was lured into a serial killer’s lair from a dating website.

The indie behind the series, Sharp Entertainment, recently landed other Discovery Communications commissions, with Destination America’s United States of Food¬†and Discovery Channel’s Head Games both airing this summer.

Matt Sharp and Jason Sklaver serve as executive producers for Sharp, while Thomas Cutler is executive producer for Investigation Discovery. Sara Kozak is senior VP of production, and Henry Schleiff is president and general manager of Investigation Discovery.

Kicking off the ‘Love Gone Wrong’ block is the previously announced returning series Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?, from Sirens Media.

“Both of these ‘Love Gone Wrong’ series showcase men and women who are looking for the person of their dreams – only to have their relationship turn into their worst nightmares,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager, Investigation Discovery. “These true and almost unbelievable first-person accounts will captivate viewers eager to avoid the dark side of love.”

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