Like Netflix’s latest Love Is Blind, but much to my surprise, MTV’s Singled Out revamp for Quibi is a delight!
Singled Out is an American dating game show created by Burt Wheeler & Sharon Sussman which originally ran on MTV from 1995 to 1998. Each episode featured a group of 50 singles competing for a date with one main contestant.
The original hosts were Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy. When McCarthy left the show in early 1997 to star in her own sitcom, Jenny, MTV hired Carmen Electra to replace her for the last season and a half.
The show became a cult classic, putting a more comedic spin on traditional and formal dating shows. Contestants would most likely be unconventional and cast purely for entertainment, without any assumed compatibility put into effect.
MTV revamped the series in late 2018 for its YouTube channel. The overhauled format gave a more urban contemporary hip hop theme to the show. Incorporating a main social media aspect as well, the show features rapper Justina Valentine acting as host, with rapper Conceited as a cohost.
On June 4, 2019, it was announced that a reboot of the series will premiere in Spring 2020 on Quibi with Keke Palmer as the host. MTV dating shows growing up – Room Raiders, Date My Mom, Next, you name it! But short form dating shows became a thing of the past.
With the rise of hugely popular season-long romance shows like The Bachelor and my most recent favorite, Love Is Blind, does a new Singled Out that consists of six to eight minute episodes even stand a chance? Much to my surprise, it seems like it can.