DESCRIPTION:(from Bravo's press release, January 2014) Bravo unmasks the world of the booming, online dating culture from the male perspective on the new docu-series, "Online Dating Rituals of the American Male" on Sunday, March 9 at 10p.m.
ET/PT, Each week, the show follows two men as they hunt for their ideal partner (or fling! Viewers will get an inside look at the male psyche from the beginning stages of trolling and communicating online to landing a date with a potential match.
The series will move to its regular time slot of Thursdays at 10p.m.
ET/PT, beginning March 13 with the premiere of the second episode.
Because I have written about online dating in the past, readers and friends alert me online dating “stuff.” Like the Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue and skit about niche online dating sites, including one for “gluten free” daters. I also get a tip about a reality show on Bravo called which I then let compelled to watch as part of “due diligence” for prior and future blog posts.
Please allow me to fill you in so you can save the 43 minutes it took to watch an episode, sans commercials, as you can never get them back, and your time would be better spent cleaning your dryer lint filter, de-pilling a sweater, or changing out all your incandescent lightbulbs.
In the case of Mike — too bad, he got what he deserved.
In the case of Darren though, I hope he finds someone nice.
Bottom line — as though the Kardashians, the Housewives of Fill-in-the-Blank, , and the multitude of other reality shows don’t allow Americans enough opportunities for voyeurism, Bravo decided to mix the worst of television with the worst of under-40 online dating.
The only redeeming value I’ve been able to come up with for is that a disc containing several episodes could be put in a spaceship and sent out into the solar system as a planetary protection system.
First of all, understandably, the featured males are largely under 40, and their dates under 30. So he’s looking for a serious relationship, but had not read her profile.
As I have said before, online dating under 40 is very different — in a positive way — than online dating over 50, with 40-50 a dreadful “no man’s land” of people frantically trying to find their “last date ever” before entering the over 50 dead zone, where lying about age (women) and hairlines (men) becomes mandatory. The show films in Los Angeles so there’s an abundance of “talent” to choose from. The first was a hunky (yes, there was a scene of him in the shower) orthopedic surgeon who was looking for a wife and mother to his children (he would really like twins), we’ll call him Mike; and the other was a sensitive (I first thought him gay), average looking man who works with animals, and had a great sense of humor, we’ll call him Darren. He was a little put out too, as he didn’t think he could have a relationship with a women who wouldn’t share a glass of wine with him.
Mike said he was looking for a serious relationship. When she said that he let out an audible “Um……” with a expression that said it all. The last lucky miss was Allyson, who looked and acted um, what’s the word I’m looking for, normal.