Frankly, we had people applying to be in this series who normally never would have gotten involved if we didn’t have Ellen’s name attached to it.“Because of that, we had people from all walks of life — all persuasions, all ages, nationalities, races, etc., really a broad spectrum of modern America — come to us.The daters are of all ages, backgrounds and from across the country.The audience will be along for the ride in a viewing experience that plays like a real-life romantic comedy and at the end of each episode, it will be revealed if participants want to see each other again for a second date.The 41-year-old is set to narrate — a reality series that, as the title implies, follows a variety of first dates taking place over the course of one night in a Chicago restaurant.The experiences of the various couples, from the romantic to the painfully awkward, will get some extra context courtesy of Barrymore. format, which has already run for six seasons on Channel 4.“Sometimes, people can make terrible miscues on their first dates — by taking someone to a place that is too fancy, or too obsessed with what it is and who it is, or with the celebrity chef who is behind it, and all that sort of thing. It served very good food in a nice, warm, romantic atmosphere, and that was the reason we chose it.” Hesling recognizes the involvement of De Generes in the project as a true godsend. She’s not only a force of nature, she’s a force for good.One of the many great things about this project was having her stamp of approval.
The show will follow several real-life first dates happening at the same restaurant in one night. " explores the experience of a first date -- the promise of potential love when it goes well and the hilariously awkward moments if it crashes and burns," the website reported.Friday, WMAQ-Channel 5) likely will bring back memories — both good and bad — for anyone who ever went on a blind date.The first episode includes a few awkward moments, like when Kenny learned Christina had been in the U. Navy and said, “You’re so pretty, for somebody in the military.” His irritated date zinged back with, “What? ” Then there’s the apparent “player,” Mike, who stunned his date, Alyssa (a serial dater and Tinder aficionado), when she learned he’s a virgin at age 23.“Of course, there also can be impending joy, depending on the moment or the situation.” To the “First Dates” producing team, which includes TV megastar Ellen De Generes. As for the selection of Michael Kornick’s MK restaurant on North Franklin, Hesling pointed out that as they researched potential sites, “we saw that MK consistently made various lists of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago.After meeting with the team there, we knew that was the perfect spot for us.