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CBS dating show has 3 women simultaneously seek made-for-TV love

CBS has ordered a new dating reality series called “3” that’s kinda like “The Bachelorette,” except on this one three chicks simultaneously kick the tires on eligible guys to see which they’d like to select as their made-for-TV true love.

And, on this show, a guy may turn down the advances of one of the women if he’d like to hold out for, you know — the cuter one! This does so much to restore the natural order of things, making this series far more realistic than that Disney fairytale that is ABC’s ”The Bachelorette.

“Three women share a nationwide journey to find true love through mass auditions,” Voiceover guy says on the producer’s Web site.

"'3' is a relationship show that won’t perpetuate a fairy tale myth about dating," CBS’s “alternative programming” exec vp Jennifer Bresnan said in Wednesday’s announcement.

“[I]t intimately documents the search for love and the reality of dating — the anticipation, the excitement, the rejection. Along the way, we'll see personalities who are real, and flawed and simply human."

On the producers web site you can see a snippet of the Israeli version in which one of the chicks goes out on several dates with her guy of choice, until he suddenly announces, “It’s not working. It’s not working. You can’t force it.”

“So -- you say it’s not working?” the woman responds, seeking clarification.

“No,” the guy explains again, while gallantly resisting what had to have been a strong urge to hit her over the head with a brick.

And, if CBS gets really lucky, in the U.S. version all three women will decide they’d like the same guy and a catfight will erupt, in which case it’s sure to be the highest rated show that week

In Israel, this show was a hit – last summer’s premiere was the country’s most successful reality show launch in four years.

 The original format is from Keshet Broadcasting Ltd., which, weirdly, is the same company that did the original, Israeli version of Showtime’s “Homeland.”




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