TV Review: Paradise Hotel
Thu Jun 19, 9:33 PM ET
By Barry Garron
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The network that gave you "Temptation Island" and "Love Cruise," reality elimination series in which sexy singles cavort in beach attire before producers who pray they "hook up" to goose the titillation factor, now brings you "Paradise Hotel," another reality elimination series in which, well, you know the rest.
Once more tapping the deep pool of shallow people eager to be exploited before a national audience in exchange for momentary exposure, "Paradise Hotel" gathered six women and five men to an ocean-side resort. (One of them, Toni, turns out to be a retread from Fox's "Love Cruise" of 2001.)
In this game of musical beds, men and women pair off, creating one surplus sexy single. She, in turn, does her best to lure one of the guys away before the week is out. Next week, the woman without a roommate leaves and a new player, a man, is chosen from a Los Angeles studio audience. Subtle, this isn't.
U.K. television personality Amanda Byram is host of this Mentorn production in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions. Exec producers are Tom Gutteridge, Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Charles Thompson. Plans are to air new episodes at 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays until, well, who knows? There's nothing said in Wednesday's opener or on the Fox Web site about ultimate winners or prizes. While this show won't, by itself, lower the average national IQ, it does demonstrate once more just how desperate and derivative the genre has become.