'Farmer Wants a Wife'
On the CW, it's dating on the barn scene.
By Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
Here's the one about the farmer and the 10 babes in a house down the road. Stop me if you've heard it before.
You have heard it before, of course, if you've been awake at all this last decade. I won't be the only writer to describe the new CW reality series "Farmer Wants a Wife," in which hot city girls vie for the attentions of a hunky country boy, as "The Simple Life" meets "The Bachelor" -- indeed, you may have trouble finding one who won't. So thoroughly does "Farmer" resemble its overworked models that one can be tired of it almost before it's begun.
The farmer who wants a wife -- though I'm not sure I believe that he does or that most of the women are looking for a marriage that would require them to live in Portage Des Sioux, Mo. -- is 29-year-old Matt Neustadt (a onetime "Bachelor" applicant, reportedly).
He grows corn, wheat and soybeans on land his family has owned since the 1940s, though the show is filmed elsewhere, at a location the producers deemed more telegenic, more like "the country.