Hot Tubs And Cold Shoulders

NEW DATING SHOWS are getting wilder and more cutthroat. In their world of risible Romeos and jiggly Juliets, love is not for the faint of heart

If TIME magazine is doing an article on dating shows," jokes Jillian Barberie, host of EX-treme Dating, "it must be about the End of Civilization As We Know It." Au contraire, Jillian! The overweening drive for instant fame, near instant sex and a little money on the side is civilization as we know it--and it's thriving. Dating series have become to the 21st century what sleazy talk and courtroom shows were to the late '90s: a ubiquitous TV staple that offers a sneak peek at the national id--and the occasional blurred-out bare chest. Following Blind Date, the granddaddy--or sleazy uncle--of the...

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