Lifetime is taking the “Live PD” model a step further — by tracking dates in real time.
“Date Night Live,” premiering July 27 (10 p.m.-midnight), will follow couples in New York City, Atlanta, Dallas and San Diego as they go on dates, followed by cameras to capture all the action (or not) — live and unfiltered. The show comes from Big Fish Entertainment, which produces (sister network) A&E’s successful “Live PD,” in which cameras follow cops out in the field in real time.
“We couldn’t have done this, from a technical standpoint, without the amazing work they’ve done on ‘Live PD,’” says Liz Gateley, Lifetime’s EVP Head of Programming. “It really came from a brainstorm — how can we change up the format? You need to give viewers a reason to show up live now. Women watch a lot of sports and live events.”
‘It’s going to be exciting to embrace the long pauses and awkwardness of the conversation … what really happens on a first date?’
“Date Night Live” will be hosted from “Live PD’s” New York studio by Michelle Collins (“The View”), Z100’s Bethany Watson (“Elvis Duran and the Morning Show”) and entrepreneur/relationship expert Paul Brunson — all three of whom will comment on the dates as cameras cut back and forth between the four cities.
“We’ll be going from darkness in New York City [at 10 p.m.] to dusk in San Diego,” says Gateley. “The people will know they’re going on dates — we’re not just going to walk up and randomly ask people.” Gateley says the couples — who will be meeting each other for the first time in the opening episode — were paired by a relationship expert, who interviewed each person via Skype (likes, dislikes, etc.) before making the matches.
“From there it’s hands-off,” she says. “There’s no producing, no checking in with the hosts or crossing any lines. The producers will need to break the 4th Wall — there are going to be cameras walking…