NBC GOES ON 8 ‘FIRST DATES’ AS NETWORK ORDERS POPULAR U.K. FORMAT TO SERIES
Ellen DeGeneres-Executive Produced Series Will Explore All of the Simple Wonder of a First Date
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 27, 2015 – NBC has ordered 8 episodes of “First Dates,” an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media (part of the alternative department at Warner Bros.) that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.
Whenever a prospective couple goes on a first date, the same question always arises: Will the date blossom into a long-term love affair? It’s the moment when sparks often fly and our imaginations run wild — when two people realize they may have found their soul mate.
Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. The audience will be along for the full ride in a relatable viewing experience that plays like a real romantic comedy. Viewers will judge for themselves about how the couple is interacting and whether they are a good fit for one another. Is there a palpable sense of chemistry? Will there be an ever-elusive second date, or will it be back to love’s drawing board?
Production will begin in July in Chicago. No premiere date is set.
“First Dates” is executive produced by Pam Healey and John Hesling for Shed Media, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman for A Very Good Production, and Tim Carter for Twenty Twenty. Anthony Dominici also serves as executive producer.