"Dating in the Dark" premieres tonight on ABC at /c.
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JH: There's no cash prize or vacation for the couples that wind up staying together at the end of each episode. We really wanted to see the answer to that age-old question "Is love blind?
" The only way to really do that is to find people who really are looking for love and without the intention on money. You'll see a real mixed bag of characters in the rest of the series.
JH: Why are these dating shows so popular with audiences? It's a very, very primal, very human experience that all of us have.
It's very strong in the sense that we all identify with it.
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That's getting close to how dark it is in that room.Executive Producer Tom Shelly talked to our Jim Halterman about the age-old question "Is love blind?" Jim Halterman: Where did the idea of a dating show in the dark come from?Wave goodbye to prehistoric dating shows like 'Blind Date' and 'Matchmaker' and give a hearty welcome to the new phenomenon 'Dating in the Dark'.It’s a dating show shot in pitch darkness, where looks don’t matter, well not until the very end anyway." is different so it was fun shooting the show because we never knew how it was going to end and I don't think the audience will ever know how it's going to end.You get to that last moment up on the balcony to see if the partners that have been revealed in the light are both going to show up or is somebody going to be left behind.It's one of those very basic human emotions and conditions that spur a lot of conversation, a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions and, let's face it, that's one of the things we're on the planet for is to find a partner.I think that it hits right at the heart of something everyone can identify with.But, for the audience, it's really intriguing in terms of the technology that allows us to see what's going on.Honestly, I don't know what I would do in the dark.