VH1 is stripping down to basics with a 10 x 60-minute series called Naked Dating (working title), which asks daters to bare everything, in all senses of the expression, in their search for love.
Each episode of the Lighthearted Entertainment-produced series will feature a man and woman dating two different, naked suitors. At the end of the episode, the pair analyzes what they have learned from the dates before deciding whether or not they will continue seeing their matches. All episodes will be edited according to network standards.
“At first, this seems like a show that’s all about a noisy, provocative hook – and we embrace that,” said Susan Levison, exec VP of original programming and production at VH1, in a statement. “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.”
Howard Schultz, president of Lighthearted, added: “We created this show based on marrying a provocative idea with a back-to-basics philosophy. With all the dating options in the world, what happens if you take one man and woman and strip them of all their pretenses? VH1 immediately understood our vision and is a fantastic partner on a show that uses a social experiment to provide a fun an entertaining look into how men and women interact when they bare all.”
The executive producers for Lighthearted are Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler. VH1 EPs include Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills.