Dating reality series’ hot streak continues. CBS Television Distribution has renewed the first-run syndicated strip Excused for a second season. The half-hour dating show airs in the top three markets on WWOR-TV, New York (Fox); KCAL-TV, Los Angeles (CBS); and WCIU-TV, Chicago (Weigel). “When Excused premiered last fall, it marked the return of the dating genre to syndication,” CTD’s president of sales Joe DiSalvo said. “Stations have found it to be a great alternative to off-network sitcoms in their late fringe and access time periods.” Hosted by Last Comic Standing winner Iliza Shlesinger, each episode of Excused follows a group of men competing for the affections of two women (or vice versa). Based on first impressions, profiles and intimate dates, Shlesinger guides the pair of women as they systematically eliminate the group of men down to one. The final man standing then has the opportunity to select the woman he wants to date. Excused is produced by Renegade 83 Entertainment (Blind Date). There has been a slew of pickups for new dating/relationship reality series at the broadcast networks over the last couple of months, including NBC’s Ready for Love, CBS’ 3 and Fox’s Take Me Out, joining ABC’s stalwart Bachelor franchise and NBC’s returning Love In The Wild.
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