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A few weeks ago we shared stories from three guys who had their cars tricked out on MTV’s totally manipulated reality show, ‘Pimp My Ride.’ I felt a special connection with them, because I also have some reality television experience – as a dater on syndicated classic ‘Blind Date.’If you’re too young to remember ‘Blind Date’ (which is a scary concept), it was some of the best televised cringe around.
I found out about auditions in 2005 from – where else? It’s no coincidence that the rise of reality TV coincided with the popularity of the free classified site.
The people who make these shows know that getting daters shitfaced results in more interesting television.
So the minute we hit the average French place in Midtown for a meal together, they started pushing drinks on us.
A week or so later they called me and asked me to show up for filming. Her name was Heather, she was a redhead, and I felt literally not a molecule of chemistry.
But that was OK, because this was television and I could probably fake it.
After I handed my application in, they brought me into a room with a green screen and started asking me to expand on some stuff I wrote.
I knew I was doing well when they brought the producer (a well put together older woman who, in hindsight, looked a bit like Robin Wright’s character from ‘House of Cards’) into the room.I downed a 22 of decent Belgian beer in about fifteen minutes and immediately ordered another. The dinner segment of ‘Blind Date’ is where they really work their magic.While on the screen it looks like an intimate situation, behind the cameras are a group of producers who will constantly interrupt you and get you to talk about certain topics.One thing about ‘Blind Date’ and other syndicated shows is that they are very, very controlling about what you talk about on camera.We were sat down and given a list of things that weren’t allowed to discuss: movies, music, TV shows, politics – basically anything that would set the date in a specific period of time.She started peppering me with very specific, very leading questions, and at several points asked me to repeat things with very specific phrasing.