Is Nude the New Trend in Reality TV?
VH1 is making headlines for green-lighting a new reality show called Dating Naked that places contestants on dates while in the nude, throwing light on the growing trend of nudity-based reality programming without much else in the premise besides nakedness. The network announced on Wednesday that one of the shows in its “hot new summer lineup” includes Dating Naked, a reality show in which one man and one woman have to choose between two different naked potential mates whom they attend dates with in an exotic location.
“The series will play with the idea of what it really means to be naked in the search for love. Would your quest be more successful if you truly had nothing to hide? There’s no clothing, no jewelry, no phones and no conventions of society. Just you. Filmed on a remote exotic locale, each close-ended episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different, naked suitors,” VH1 said of the series, which is set to premiere on July 17.
Uproxx pointed out that there is already a Dutch version of the show, which is set on an exotic island and doesn’t blur out anyone’s parts in all their naked glory, which VH1 will definitely have to do. The website even provides a link to a very not-safe-for-work clip from the show, which was helpfully translated from the Dutch by a Reddit user, if you’re interested in seeing what full-frontal television looks like.
Naked seems to be a new(ish) trend in reality TV, as trashy reality shows have frequently featured lots of nudity, but the entire premise has not been based on seeing people sans clothing. The formerly science-based Discovery Channel already as a reality show called Naked & Afraid, in which contestants are stripped of their clothing and put out in various wilderness situations, where their attempts to survive the perils of hardcore camping without clothes are documented. Much of the show focuses on documenting the different maladies the contestants suffer, including tons of insect bites and other injuries afflicted by the wilderness.