New dating in the dark show

15 Apr

Have networks and producers skewed reality so much over time that it's no longer about real people and real life, or have we just mislabelled a genre that thrives on manufactured clichés, unreal situations, and good old fashioned voyeurism?

"The word people should be looking for is television, not reality," says contestant Sasha Perl-Raver, who was one of six people looking for love in the third episode of this year's new ABC reality romance series.

contestant, allegedly murdered his model ex-wife before committing suicide, months after moving to Los Angeles to film the reality match-making contest.

She wasn't the only contestant with another agenda."Everyone had ulterior motives," says Perl-Raver.

Jason Mesnick also shocked audiences earlier in 2009 by changing his mind after the season finale, switching out Melissa for Molly as his true love."I just really hope that reality TV doesn't become the last bastion of entertainment …

I would love to think that, like everything else – the pet rock, the hula hoop – the entertainment value of reality TV is going to dwindle." Perl-Raver would rather see a resurgence in scripted television, acknowledging that's hard during a recession.

No dude ever crosses the bar because a girl looks funny or smart." on CW, which pits one unstable couple against all their obstacles en route to the altar – in one week's time.

I also asked Perl-Raver if she would date on reality TV again."Oh, hell no," says Perl-Raver.