Discovery Networks Int’l orders “Too Ugly for Love?”

Launching on TLC in South Africa, the six-part series follows 10 love-seeking singles who are hiding "secret medical conditions that could jeopardize their chance of happiness," according to the network.
October 17, 2014

Discovery Networks International (DNI) has commissioned a six-part series that follows 10 love-seeking singles who are hiding “secret medical conditions that could jeopardize their chance of happiness.”

Too Ugly For Love? is being produced by Discovery-owned indie Betty, and is slated to premiere on TLC in South Africa on Monday (October 20) before rolling out on TLC and other DNI-owned lifestyle networks across Asia-Pacific; Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America; the Nordics; and Western Europe.

Individuals featured on the show suffer from conditions ranging from alopecia (hair loss) and amputated limbs, to hyperhidrosis (profuse sweating) and pyoderma gangrenosum (known as being a ‘flesh eating disease’).

The commission comes after Betty previously produced provocative factual series The Undateables for UK broadcaster Channel 4.

“Dating is hard for everyone - I think we all feel ‘too ugly for love’ at some point in our lives, and hide parts of ourselves,” said Sarah Thornton, DNI’s VP of production and development for factual entertainment, in a statement. “But the stakes are even higher when you have a medical condition that needs to be revealed at some point. And it’s how and when to reveal it that really tests the group of incredibly brave individuals we follow in this series.”

Thornton serves as commissioning editor for DNI, while Charlotte Reid is the exec producer. For Betty, Kate Morey is the series producer and David Emerson is the EP.

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