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    Has anyone been watching this new show which airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Friday nights? It is produced by Ellen De Generes. I think tonight's episode is episode 4. They showcase 3 or 4 couples per episode. They have had some senior couples and gay couples, too. The couples are set up as blind dates. They all meet at a restaurant in Chicago where there is a friendly maître d' who greets them and escorts them to the bar. The bartender then chats them up a bit as they wait for their dates. At the end of the date they are filmed together, sitting side by side in another room and are asked how the date went and if they'd like to see each other again. There have been some real doozies but also a few matches. I'm enjoying it so far.
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    I'm catching up with episodes OnDemand and am surprised at how much I'm enjoying it.

    I'm watching the second episode right now and the gay couple just has me grinning ear to ear. They're so adorable. You could just feel something happening between them. I hope it works out.

    The older couple in the first episode had me in tears. They were just so sweet with each other and had such similar stories of loss.

    I really felt for that beautiful girl whose date not only forgot her name, but got more and more drunk as the date went on....OH, and then "lost" his credit card so she had to pay for dinner......and then he seemed to have no idea why she didn't want to see him again. I've had some bad dates in my time, but none quite that awful.

    I hope we get follow-ups at the end of the season to find out if any of them stayed together.

    I thought the Drew Barrymore voice overs would bother me, but they're not too intrusive. They just move the episode along a bit.
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    My daughter told me about this one and I to have been watching. I don't know if I love it but I do watch it every week and it seems getting more interesting as the shows go on.

    Last night they had a 68 year old couple. He a bit devilish and she quite the lady. I liked them.

    The gay couple seemed like they could be more best friends. I just didn't see a romantic connection.

    The gay girls brother who was also on a date got MS. Mistake. She wasn't even polite when he told her he 'carried' and she told him guns would be a deal breaker. Why even send those two on a date. Surely she 'mentioned' that in the interview?

    The young couple were cute and quirky. I liked them.
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    I watched it for the first time last night when I finally got my NBC channel back from the Dish TV blackout. It was better than I thought it would be. Since I'm a little "older" myself, I was most interested in the older couple. She was more tolerant and agreeable with the guy than I would have been, especially when she pointed out that he wasn't asking her anything about herself, and he came up with that cockamamie explanation. Speaking for myself, when you get a little older, you don't want to wait and see for too long as to whether you have enough in common to keep dating. You can and will certainly learn more about each other by dating, but there's nothing wrong with asking some polite questions to begin with, especially about anything you consider a deal-breaker. Besides that, he was too obnoxious about wanting to kiss her right away, and invading her personal space about that.
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    I really like this show, but then again I've loved dating shows since "Love Connections" eons ago, lol. I thought the one woman last night was so rude -- she ordered dinner but then left before they even brought it just because she wasn't feeling it for the guy. It's not like he was rude or anything; she just didn't want to go out with him. Luckily, he took it well.

    The show claims they match people based on their likes and dislikes but I question that since the one woman was so anti-gun and the guy they set her up with was pro-gun.

    The older couple on the first show were very sweet; they both had had painful losses of their spouse but you could see them having the chance to find happiness with each other.

    What was up with the guy 1 or 2 weeks ago who seemed to have a girlfriend back home? As if she isn't going to find out he went on the date, since it is on prime-time, on a major network. Did he forget he had a mic on, or did they just have a microphone outside the restaurant that could pick up his voice as he was walking outside the restaurant?

    It would be fun at the end of the season if they would give an update on the memorable couples and if they're still dating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanne View Post
    My daughter told me about this one and I to have been watching. I don't know if I love it but I do watch it every week and it seems getting more interesting as the shows go on.

    Last night they had a 68 year old couple. He a bit devilish and she quite the lady. I liked them.

    The gay couple seemed like they could be more best friends. I just didn't see a romantic connection.

    The gay girls brother who was also on a date got MS. Mistake. She wasn't even polite when he told her he 'carried' and she told him guns would be a deal breaker. Why even send those two on a date. Surely she 'mentioned' that in the interview?

    The young couple were cute and quirky. I liked them.
    I thought he was super creepy....and clearly she did too, since she opted not to see him again. I don't like people who are too physical and are close talkers, especially when I first meet them. I didn't like that he made that nonsense excuse for not asking her about herself. It's more likely that he's just self-involved and didn't think to ask about her OR just didn't care. He was clearly just taken with her looks. I thought Launa was a lovely woman, but he only seemed to care about what she looked like and it was obvious she has a lot more going on than just her looks. She can definitely do better.

    I thought that yes, the girl was pretty rude about guns, especially since they just met (although, frankly, I agree with her), but he started out being rude by making that snotty remark about how her job sounded like corporate speak. It felt like he was all ready to be negative the whole time. Why couldn't he just ask what exactly her job entailed instead of making a rude comment about it? She was snotty back to him, but he set the tone right off the bat. That whole date was surprising because they seemed like a good match on paper. She's socially conscious and liberal and he wants to focus his law practice on helping lower income families. Just an example of how the experts can get it wrong. Frankly though, neither one of them seemed to come into that date with a good attitude and their negativity just fed on itself.

    The older lady with the hat was like a dating don't from start to finish. Firstly, that was NOT a date outfit! That hat and the glasses. UGH. Plus, nothing she talked about was anything you should discuss on a first date. She was SO negative. I would have been shocked if that poor guy had wanted to see her again. She definitely needs to hire a dating coach because she clearly had NO idea how to be on a date. He was a bit rough around the edges, but seemed like a nice man who just wanted to find someone to spend his life with.

    Nelson and Stephanie were probably my favorite couple in their episode. The fact that she grew up with his roommate was so cool and they seemed to have so much in common. I liked that she was self aware enough to realize she wasn't being as open as she could be and I liked that she acknowledged how open he was.

    What was with the whole, "A man living alone with a cat is a red flag" nonsense? What the hell does she have against cats? Maybe I'm biased the other way, but I have a thing for people who claim to hate cats and have no basis for that other than b.s. theories. Like, I get when people don't like dogs if maybe they were bitten by a dog as a child (happened to a friend, who only as an adult got over her fear of dogs). I understand that reticence. That girl though? The anti-cat thing was silly. He was a cutie pie too. That was totally her loss. Maybe she'll mature and realize that those lists are really only meant for actual important things like "wants a family, doesn't smoke, etc."

    I was totally with the woman who bailed on her date before the food came. I found him SUPER creepy and, yeah, who asks a woman's age within minutes of meeting her? I think she was guarded and standoffish, but he was gross.....and clearly this isn't the first time a woman's rejected him on a date because he didn't seem very upset or surprised about it.

    I REALLY hope we get updates on everyone at the end of the season! The little blurbs at the end aren't enough!
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    I really like this show, too! The set up is really nice, and the bartender cracks me up. The one thing that has bothered me in it though, is those who have had WAY too much to drink. Even snotty gun-control girl was obviously affected after doing a shot (or more?). Since this is a set-up place just for first dates, I wonder if they can limit the drinking? Being over-served isn't pretty. Then again, it shows the true colors of many of these people: who wants to get involved with someone who drinks too much? I get that they're nervous, but some have really taken it too far.

    That old creepy guy who wanted a kiss right off the bat was horrible! The whole asking questions thing would've done it for me: moreso his dumb answer than not asking much. But I thought she said she WOULD see him again? Maybe I'm remembering it wrong. I couldn't tell during their date, so when they went into the interview room, I was really interested in what she'd say. That room is so interesting anyway - I love that they do that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by navybelle View Post
    I really like this show, too! The set up is really nice, and the bartender cracks me up. The one thing that has bothered me in it though, is those who have had WAY too much to drink. Even snotty gun-control girl was obviously affected after doing a shot (or more?). Since this is a set-up place just for first dates, I wonder if they can limit the drinking? Being over-served isn't pretty. Then again, it shows the true colors of many of these people: who wants to get involved with someone who drinks too much? I get that they're nervous, but some have really taken it too far.

    That old creepy guy who wanted a kiss right off the bat was horrible! The whole asking questions thing would've done it for me: moreso his dumb answer than not asking much. But I thought she said she WOULD see him again? Maybe I'm remembering it wrong. I couldn't tell during their date, so when they went into the interview room, I was really interested in what she'd say. That room is so interesting anyway - I love that they do that!
    BBM I was just about to say the same thing. I thought they both said they would date again.

    I think he was trying to be a playa but she too much a lady but they seemed to find each other interesting and she could and did control him.

    I donno I kind of have hope with these two!

    I finally found the video but my computer is blocking the ads so I can't watch it to see if they do date again.

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    navybelle, the older, lovely woman from Friday's episode (Launa I think her name was) DID agree to see him again when questioned. However, if you read the little blurbs at the end of each episode, they give a little update. In her case although she had said in the restaurant she would agree to a 2nd date, she ultimately declined a 2nd date with "Fast Eddie." Quotes were the shows.

    On the off chance that I will have rotten tomatoes thrown my virtual way I must confess that I am not a cat lover. I've just never warmed up to them. The way that gal went on and on about it was weird, imo. I've never had a horrible experience as some folks have had with dogs but I did watch my husband's uncle's adult cat for a month while he recuperated from surgery. My sons were little and enjoyed having the cat around. I just could not warm up to the fact that a cat, unlike a dog, can jump wherever it wants. He would be jumping on top of my wall unit, on top of the kitchen counters, etc. I wasn't sad to return him but my boys sure were. We eventually got a dog.

    So, I think the gal was within her rights to confess to not being a cat person but she went on about it way too much and seemed silly.
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    The one guy should've known that you're not supposed to ask a woman her age, but it's not the end of the world. The least that woman could have done before leaving was paid for her meal. Why should he have to pay for a meal that she didn't even eat? Does the show give them money towards the meal? If not, then they're really cheap, lol. My guess is they give both contestants money "towards food" and then leave it up to them as to who pays for the meal, or if they decide to split the cost, etc.

    I'd be annoyed by that too -- the older guy who said he "doesn't believe in asking questions." Probably just one of those guys who only wants to talk about himself, lol.

    I thought it was funny how the guy said her job description sounded like "corporate speak." I can see why she wouldn't be happy to hear it and he could have been more tactful, but it struck me as funny.

    I agree about the older woman with the hat and glasses -- yes she could use some advice, although she might be one of those people who feels -- this is who I am, and if you don't like it, that's fine. Makes me think of that show that was on recently where a guy and a woman gave advice to people based on their dating profile.

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