Another article on Adam's New Show
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - In the world of dating shows, Adam Mesh is the new Bob Guiney.
Mesh, the likable New Yorker who was left behind at the end of the first "Average Joe," when ex-beauty queen Melana Scantlin chose hot-guy ringer Jason Peoples instead, is getting another shot at televised romance.
NBC will put Mesh at the center of his own series, "Average Joe: Adam Returns," beginning Monday, March 15. Its premiere will follow quickly on the heels of the "Average Joe: Hawaii" finale.
After the first "Average Joe" concluded, NBC was "inundated" with calls and e-mails from people who were rooting for Mesh, the network's entertainment chief, Jeff Zucker, told TV critics Wednesday (Jan. 14). Based on that response, NBC and "Average Joe" exec producers Stuart Krasnow and Andrew Glassman decided to create a four-part dating show with Mesh at its center.
ABC did something similar last year with "Bachelorette" dumpee Bob Guiney, who became "The Bachelor" in the fall.
The network isn't saying much else about "Adam Returns"; Zucker did allow that the women vying for Adam's attention on the show will be both "gorgeous" and "not gorgeous."
Zucker also thinks a gender-reversed version of "Average Joe" -- "Plain Jane," perhaps? -- could work. "There's a tremendous amount of heart in these shows," he says. "They're not making fun of anyone ... so I think it could work the other way." He also says NBC is talking with Krasnow and Glassman about doing "another cycle that will turn the game."
And what do you know. They might make an Average Jane after all!