Confession time. I am not generally opposed to reality shows but if there are any that I dismiss out of hand it’s the dating ones. Especially if the premise has the show ending witih a marriage propopsal. It’s all way too fake for me. Kinda like dating online (don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making a connection online but the actual dating has to take place offline), there’s no way I’ll realistically believe two people have gotten to know each well enough to know that they love each other from this kind of dating show set up.
So, I can hear you asking, why am I making a special post about the premiere of Age of Love? Well, because it’s fucking hilarious. I’m not going to lie. I had no plans to watch. NBC sent me a press release and promo for it and I was just going to make sure people knew it was starting tonight and that was pretty much it. Then I watched the promo and it was good. Like, really… surprisingly good. I couldn’t quite believe it but I was impressed enough to let you guys know that I planned to watch the first episode and why. (The fact that I completely forgot to post that even though I did have it typed up is besides the point.)
Then last week NBC sent me a screener of the first episode and I gotta tell ya… my mother and I were glued to the TV the whole time and I’ll be tuning in to see what happens in the second episode for sure.
Before I get I try to capture what I liked about the show, let me sum it up for you. Age of Love is a dating reality series in which Mark Philippoussis (Australian tennis star, 30) searches for his true love. The twist to this dating show, though, is that Mark’s not just choosing between young hot wannabe starlets (sorry for the overgeneralization but, I’ve yet to see the girls on dating shows be anything but). No, no, he’s also got a good selection of successful older women as well. Plus, the show is hosted by Mark Conseuelos who some of you might know from All My Children but these days are more likely to know him as “Kelly Ripa’s husband.”
Ok, so you get the idea. The twist is actually pretty interesting on its own. I don’t know how long its uniqueness will last since, at some point, there won’t be enough women left for the age thing to really make a different anymore. However, the show is only 8 episodes long so perhaps they kept short enough to keep it interesting throughout.
Of course, there are other things that made the show different from other dating shows I’ve checked out. Like the fact that older women really do have different priorities and it was kind of refreshing to hear their reactions the first time they are shown an intro to Mark. It’s the first time I felt we were seeing “real” reactions on a dating show. The only bad thing was that we didn’t get to see the 20 year olds’ reactions to the Mark intro video so I’ll never know if they all had the same reaction or not. I don’t love the way they seem to be hyping up the 20 year olds’ competition talk about how older women aren’t as good as younger women but I guess that is the point of the show so I can’t expect them NOT to make that a focus
In conclusion, I won’t blame you if you are like me and refuse to check out a reality dating show on principle alone. However, if you want a good laugh and like it when reality shows find a way to mix things up, then you owe it to yourself to at least check out tonight’s premiere episode of Age of Love on NBC at 9/8c. The worst that can happen is that you’ll think I’m crazy (although you have to stick it out up to and through the intros between Mark and the first group of women… trust me, you’re going to enjoy that part if nothing else) but maybe you’ll like it enough to stick around another week!