That’s why NBC’s First Dates appears to have wandered in from a bygone age. is actually playing catch-up when it comes to the First Dates concept.
Far from manipulating its participants and situations to increasingly ridiculous extremes, the Ellen De Generes-produced show simply pairs two strangers up, films every minute of their squirm-inducing/sparks-flying dinner table conversation at MK, a cozy Chicago restaurant, and then asks them whether they want their first date to lead to a second. The brainchild of Twenty Twenty Productions (the team behind life-fixing reality show Brat Camp and life-affirming BAFTA winner The Choir), the original version first hit British screens in 2013.
Her first significant role was as a young and impressionable model in the Australian 1994 film Sirens.
Soon afterwards she moved to Los Angeles, and won guest roles on several TV shows, and a permanent role in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher, before landing a part in the film Scream 2. From 2003–06, de Rossi starred as Lindsay Bluth Fünke on Fox Television's Arrested Development. Kennedy, Jr.'s wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, in the made-for-TV movie America's Prince: The John F. Story in 2003; then, in the same year, 2003, she acted out the role of an Australian reporter who inspires a protest against Frank Sinatra during a concert tour in The Night We Called It a Day.
August 2008 - Present After dating for four years, Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi were married in August, 2008, before the controversial Prop 8 (which illegalized same-sex marriage) passed in November.
When the same sex marriage ban was overturned in 2008 Ellen proposed to Portia by presenting her with a three-carat pink diamond ring.
From Executive Producer Ellen De Generes, narrated by Drew Barrymore and based on the hit U. format, this new series offers a voyeuristic look at a variety of real first dates happening throughout one night at the same restaurant in Chicago.
The daters are of all ages, backgrounds and from across the U. The audience comes along for the ride in a refreshingly authentic viewing experience that plays like a real-life romantic comedy.
On series such as The Dating Game, three potential suitors remained behind a screen while another singleton chose a winner based on his or her talent for answering banal questions in double entendres.
They were then sent on a cheap romantic getaway, all within the space of a single half-hour episode.