Ellen DeGeneres’ new dating show calls for singles in Carolinas

Ellen DeGeneres during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Warner Bros./Michael Rozman/File)

It’s enough of a challenge just to get singles to agree to a blind date — much less one that would be aired on national television.

But NBC hopes they’ll have luck recruiting adventurous daters in the Carolinas for its upcoming reality show, “First Dates,” which will begin filming in Chicago in July.

The network announced a casting call Wednesday for singles in North Carolina and South Carolina, age 18 and older, who are “genuinely looking for love.”

Unlike “The Bachelor” and other reality dating shows, this one seems to be pretty straightforward: two strangers being filmed on a first date, in a typical first date setting, without fantasy islands or elimination rounds.

According to the announcement, “this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant.”

The show is modeled after a similar series with the same name already airing in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. The American version is from Shed Media and executive producer Ellen DeGeneres, so it’s not impossible to imagine some comedic angle being incorporated into the show.

Those interested in throwing their hats into the ring can apply online at www.firstdatescasting.com.

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