Love in the Wild

If you’re anything like me, then you have been beating your head against a cinder block incessantly ever since they took Temptation Island off the air (with a brief respite from the banging to watch Paradise Hotel, but then it was right back to the banging) and you long ago gave up believing that life would ever again have any joy or meaning. WELL, GIVE UP GIVING UP! Your heart is about to be full once more. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Survival shows are popular. Dating shows are popular. Now NBC and Endemol are conducting a high-concept mad-science experiment to fuse the two genres together.

Introducing Love in the Wild, a new series coming to NBC that puts singles looking for mates together in the wilderness to see if they come together.

Twenty men and women will pair up each week in the middle of the jungle. Each couple is dropped into a remote location with nothing but a map and each other to rely on. Along the way, they’re put through challenges that test them emotionally and physically. At the end of the day, some of the couples will be treated to various romantic indulgences at a romantic oasis. After, they’ll have the choice of staying with their partner or switching for the next challenge.


“We are going to combine Shipmates with Survivor with The Bachelor with Fear Factor with Temptation Island with The Amazing Race to bring an end to the war with Japan.” — Albert Einstein in a letter to President Roosevelt

Oh man. I cannot wait for this show. No joke. I love any situation in which people are forced to access their “Fight or Fuck” survival mechanism in front of television cameras. Do you think they’re going to have to eat bugs in order to get the key to the honeymoon suite? Oh my God, I hope they have to eat bugs in order to get the key to the honeymoon suite!

Honey, WARM UP THE DVR, it’s going to be a long SEASON PASS.

Comments (67)
  1. I think that is the problem with my recent dates – little to no complete isolation in jungle climes. I mean, really, what is more conductive to getting along and not trying to murder someone that that? And what better way to reasonably make decisions than in a presumably high stress environment? It makes almost too much sense.

    My only fear is that this will air opposite Bridalplasty. Sophie’s Choice indeed!

  2. Networks are really good at math these days!

  3. I would much prefer this idea were it pre-existing couples. And then I would have already submitted my housemates for the gig.

  4. I’m glad Mowgli is finally gonna get laid.

  5. All joking aside, it is amazing to me that there are still people who would willfully go on a show like this.

  6. Let’s paint, exercise, and fall in love!

  7. Wont hold a candle to this

  8. This is most definitely a trap.

  9. Survival shows are popular. Dating shows are popular. Neither of them could possibly be any more popular than they are at this very moment. That’s why NBC and Endemol have decided to strike while the iron’s very, very hot.

  10. I’m a little confused by the promo picture. Is this Love In the Wild or Love Sitting On a Chair In Front of a Green Screen?

    Actually, that might be kind of a fun date. “Oh no! Now we have to drive as fast as we can to get away from these dinosaurs!”

  11. Do any of the challenges involve rabid howler monkeys? Because I would totally watch that show.

  12. Whatever, I’m still excited about my show, “Love in a Midsized Suburban Ranch House after Years of Getting to Know One Another and Dating and Also There Are Only Two People”. The alternate title is “Shit Adult Human Beings Do”.

  13. I always thought that “Cannibal Holocaust” would make a great reality show.

  14. If Bear Grylls has taught us anything it’s that survival is hot.

  15. Lord of the Unzipped Flies

  16. Fingers crossed that every contestant gets covered in fake Brontosaurus snot. Daily. Hourly. Always.

  17. Wasn’t this part of the spring lineup on the Shout Network a few years ago? I remember Matthew Tompkins hyping it pretty extensively on some college radio station somewhere…

  18. I’m not watching anymore reality “survivor” shows until they remove the ban on death sports.

  19. Is the host Craig Bierko? He sort of looks like Craig Bierko.

  20. I thought this show was called Lost?

  21. Am I the only one that thinks the photo to this article is funny?

  22. Sorry NBC, but you still haven’t sold me. Putting a Predator in there amongst the contestants would be the deal breaker for me.

  23. I’m Celibate, Get me Out Of Here.

  24. I would love to see more people get it on like Shane and Lori in the Walking Dead. Forest sex-rape style.

  25. ctrl-F’d “MILF Island”

    was sadly disappointed.

  26. Whatever. Wake me up when it’s time for Celebrity Love In The Wild. I want to see what happens when Janice Dickinison and the lead singer from Sugar Ray are left to fend for themselves in the jungle.

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