Irish broadcaster TV3 has ordered an 8 x 60-minute dating series tentatively titled Blind Date, from Belfast-based indie Stellify Media.
The show – hosted by Irish TV presenter Lucy Kennedy (pictured) – is a contemporary adaptation of Sony Pictures Television’s classic format The Dating Game, and will air on TV3 later this year.
Blind Date is the first commission for Stellify Media, a joint venture between media executives Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy, and Sony Pictures Television, which was launched in March. The group will produce the series alongside TV3-owned prodco 3Studios.
In Blind Date, one single contestant has to choose which of the three contestants – seated on the other side of a wall – he or she wants to go on a date with, based on their answers to certain questions and challenges. The couple is then treated to a holiday, and returns to the show a week later to discuss the trip.
“Blind Date is exactly the type of entertainment programming we want to produce – a compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy, making it unmissable viewing for the whole family,” said Doherty, executive producer and Stellify joint managing director, in a statement.
Andrew Byrne, head of development and formats and executive producer for TV3/3studios, added: “We have been working on a number of new dating formats as part of our continued development of 3studios and when we were approached with The Dating Game format, it was simply too hard to resist. For us, this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we can bring a unique Irish flavor.”