Aaaand just like that, the Eva Longoria-produced NBC dating show, Ready for Love, has been canceled after just TWO episodes! Whoa fail. While I felt like the premiere was beyond cringe-worthy, I'm actually a bit surprised that the show got axed SO fast. But then again, the unaired episodes must've been horrible enough that NBC felt it had to put the Bachelor competitor out of its misery.
It's sort of a bummer, in a way, because the concept -- to have matchmakers, not casting agents help singles find love in a Voice-style competition show -- could have worked.
If only it hadn't been executed in such a contrived, plastic, sexist, cliche, over-the-top sensationalistic way. If only Eva and whoever else was behind the development actually had a clue about the elements audiences would be into (like Giulana and Bill!) and the parts we wouldn't (like those bizarro, Barbie doll box-style containers that rise up from below the stage to "present" the female contestants). If only Eva wasn't hooking up with one of the eligible bachelors ...?! She and her rep have denied that's true, but who knows? If only, if only. But now, it's way too late, and who knows if the rest of the season will ever see the light of day?! (Sure, there's a chance it'll be "aired" online, but like that matters.)
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What also blows is that this is probably going to serve as a cautionary tale of sorts to Hollywood execs who are considering matchmaker-directed dating shows. But the reality is that we could stand to see more couples actually paired up by genuine compatibility as opposed to hotness or who looks best on the cover of the celeb weeklies. Too bad Ready for Love wasn't ready to deliver that.
Are you surprised it's already been canceled? Disappointed?
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