Today’s TCA panels on new VH1 shows were preceded by EVP Original Programming and Production Susan Levison begging TV critics to approach VH1’s new series Dating Naked without “preconceived notions”. (Check out the clip below).
This was a tall order since the executive also said that the show had not been screened for critics because the production team was still putting “the final blurs” over the daters’ genitalia. Still, the audience chuckled good-naturedly at a clip in which a naked male dater setting out on a date on the water said: “If I get excited, we’re going to need a big boat.”
Dating Naked is one of three new shows premiering Thursday July 17: Dating Naked (9 PM) Candidly Nicole (10 PM) and Leann And Eddie (10:30 PM) There was no Dating Naked panel, but married couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were on hand to explain why their show about themselves isn’t exploitative, either.
The couple said they pitched their series (from Duck Dynasty producers Scott and Deirdre Gurney) to VH1 as a chance to set the record straight on their tabloid-fodder lives. Said Rimes: “Everyone has used our lives as entertainment. We wanted to take our lives back.”
Once they take their lives back, what about next season, one journalist wanted to know? “I guess that’s up to the tabloids. If they want to stop writing about us, we won’t need to set the record straight.” Cibrian joked, adding the show could last because it “is really about our relationship.”
And, Cibrian wisecracked: “Susan [Levison] has already said she wants to do LeAnn & Eddie Naked”.
Here’s a clip for Dating Naked: