Lifetime Slates Live Dating Show


Lifetime has lined up Big Fish Entertainment’s (Live PD) Date Night Live, which follows couples in real time on evening outings in four cities across the U.S.

Date Night Live premieres on Thursday, July 27, at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. From Big Fish Entertainment, producers of A&E’s hit docuseries Live PD, the eight-episode series follows couples from New York City, Atlanta, Dallas and San Diego as they embark on dates live. Cutting-edge, mobile-live technology provides viewers with a fly-on-the-wall experience in real-time across multiple time zones, as cameras capture up to nine dates per episode. In-studio hosts comedian Michelle Collins, Z100’s Bethany Watson and relationship coach Paul Brunson provide commentary as the dates develop.

“We’ve all had those moments where we’ve been at a restaurant, eavesdropped on a date, watching fascinated as it unfolds,” said Liz Gateley, the executive VP and head of programming at Lifetime. “Date Night Live is a unique opportunity for our audience to experience that same phenomenon, from the comforts of our home. This is America’s chance to watch love and romance unfold live, where anything can happen.”

“Our goal is to reinvent various genres; with Live PD, we busted open the doors and brought true transparency in law enforcement to television for the first time, and we knew that this unique viewing experience could translate into other formats,” said Dan Cesareo, the president of Big Fish Entertainment. “With Date Night Live, Lifetime gave us the incredible opportunity to turn the traditional dating show on its head with couples getting to know each other completely unvarnished for the first time on live TV, unfiltered and unedited. This is what it’s really like to date in America.”

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for Date Night Live. Peter Scalettar and Anne Marie Gaynor will serve as showrunners. Cesareo and George McTeague executive produce for Big Fish Entertainment, while Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan executive produce for Lifetime.