MTV to debut new 'Tila Tequila' bisexual reality dating show October 9
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 09/07/2007
MTV is finally entering the serialized reality dating show genre. More than a year after its VH1 sister network began garnering big ratings with shows like Flavor of Love and I Love New York, MTV has announced A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, a new bisexual reality dating show.
Tila Tequila, a 25-year-old bisexual model whose MySpace profile is billed as having the most friends in the history of the social-networking website, will serve as the object of affection on A Shot at Love, which will premiere Tuesday, October 9 at 10PM ET/PT, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A Shot at Love will reportedly follow Tequila as she whittles down a group of 32 suitors -- 16 straight men and 16 gay women -- who will live together and compete against one another in challenges to win her heart.
In addition, each half-hour installment of the 10-episode series will end with an elimination ceremony, according to DailyVariety.
"Tila Tequila made a name for herself by doing things her way, captivating legions of fans online, both men and women," Tony DiSanto, MTV's executive vice president of series development and programming, toldThe Reporter. "Now she is taking that attitude and sex appeal to her own TV series where she is looking for a mate -- by again captivating a group of both men and women. The show is a roller-coaster ride of drama, conflict and emotion, busting stereotypes and challenging the norm."
A Shot at Lovewon't mark Tequila's first foray into reality television. In 2003, she was a contestant on Surviving Nugent, a two-hour VH1 reality special that required seven city slickers to travel to the Michigan ranch of rock star Ted Nugent and compete in outdoor activities and survival-oriented challenges. The special later spawned a Surviving Nugent: The Ten Commandments reality series sequel that aired the following year. Earlier this year, Tequila also appeared on an episode of NBC's Identity game show.
While A Shot at Love represents MTV's first serialized reality dating show, the network has aired numerous non-serial reality dating shows in recent years, including Dismissed, Next, and Parental Control.
A Shot at Love is reportedly being produced by 495 Productions and MTV, with Sally Ann Salsano serving as executive producer and Joel Zimmer serving as co-executive producer.