No one is surprised that ABC has created a reality TV dating show. Popular dating shows date back to the '70s after all. What is surprising is the critic's reaction to the show, entitled "Hooking Up."
"Hooking Up" Receiving Critical Approval
With the summer upon us and "Big Brother" cooking up its least surprising twist ever, viewers search for something to watch. The critics want us to believe that "Hooking Up" is at least watchable.
"Hooking Up" follows twelve women who contractually must make at least one date per week using the internet, and only the internet. Like some type of mad meta-media dating show, it shows the highlights and lowlights of the dates and the people.
According to Reuters,
"The series, which examines the Internet matchmaking experiences of 12 women
in Manhattan, brought in 5.1 million viewers and 2.2 rating/7 share in the
adults 18-49 demographic from 9-10 p.m., according to preliminary estimates
from Nielsen Media Research." These numbers reportedly soar above the usual
Thursday night haul for ABC, which competes with CBS' "CSI."
Reuters also reports that "one reviewer calls ["Hooking Up"] 'hard-core voyeurism.'
The ABC News show, a cross between the hit comedy "Sex and the City" and a reality TV show, shines a light on the increasingly popular American pastime and pulls no punches."
With the oft-lamented flood of reality-TV, the choices are slim for people hoping for a show with something beyond voyeurism as its main pull. Overall, "Hooking Up" might just be your best bet if your DVD player is broken.