NBC orders Eva Longoria-produced 'Ready for Love' dating series
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/19/2012
NBC has announced it has ordered Ready for Love, a new Eva Longoria-produced reality dating series which will star three successful bachelors looking for love with the help of three matchmakers and social media.
Longoria has hand-selected Ben Patton, an international financier from Dallas, TX; Tim Lopez, a member of the popular music group Plain White T's from Santa Barbara, CA; and Ernesto Arguello, an entrepreneur with a social vision from Miami, FL, to star on Ready for Love as the three single men each searching for their ideal match.
Ready for Love -- which is scheduled to premiere next winter -- will be hosted by Giuliana & Bill stars Giuliana Rancic, who is also a host for E! News, and former The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic.
Women interested in the men will be able to submit their information via a Facebook application by visiting Ready for Love's Facebook Page at facebook.com/NBCReadyForLove. They will be able to apply themselves or suggest friends and family who might be great potential partners for the men.
Ready for Love's Facebook Page will also allow visitors to see the bachelors' own Facebook profiles -- which will feature videos and personal information regarding their families, careers and interests. Throughout the season, fans will be able to access new content about the budding relationships via the Facebook Pages for Longoria, the eligible guys, the matchmakers, and the bachelorettes.
"We are thrilled to have Eva leading the charge creatively. She has enlisted the help of the three best matchmakers in the world, each with their own philosophies and approaches to guiding singles towards love," NBC executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement. "The show's innovative format that uses online profiles and proven matchmakers will provide a better chance for our suitors to realize connections that will last long beyond the season finale."
"This show is about making real connections and the ongoing search for love, something that both men and women can relate to," Longoria added. "I am excited to be a part of such an innovative and promising format that will help these great guys find true love."
Reports Longoria was developing Ready for Love for NBC first surfaced last month. According to the reports, celebrity matchmakers Steve Ward and Amber Kelleher will be two of the three matchmakers on the show.
Ready for Love will debut with the three matchmakers conducting a nationwide search to find a potential perfect mate for Patton, Lopez and Arguello. Each matchmaker will then select 12 girls for his or her own team, which will equal four women per bachelor. When all the matchmakers' teams are combined, each man will have a total of 12 women to choose from.
The women will be selected only after convincing one of the three matchmakers they'd be a great fit for -- and felt a real connection with -- one of the men. Once the matchmakers' teams are established, the three groups will live in separate houses and receive personalized advice and mentoring from their given matchmaker.
At the end of each week, all the participants will gather onstage in front of a live audience, watch the dates and then receive feedback from the matchmakers. The women who fail to make a connection with the men will be sent home. Ready for Love's finale episode will feature the three men each choosing their final woman and conclude with each couple deciding whether they wish to break-up, get engaged, get married, or simply continue dating.
Ready for Love is being produced by Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment production company along with Renegade 83 and Universal Television. Longoria, former The Bachelor producer Jason Ehrlich, Greg Goldman, David Garfinkle, and Jay Renfroe are serving as executive producers.