NBC Tackles 'Age'-Old Question
Dating show puts guy between women in 20s, 40s
The dating show, which premieres Monday, June 18, will test the veracity of dozens of newspaper and magazine trend stories and see whether a guy in his early 30s will fall for an older woman -- when there are younger women available as well.
If you're a tennis fan, you may have heard of the guy in question: 31-year-old Mark Philippoussis, a one-time Wimbledon finalist whose love life has been tabloid fodder in his native Australia. Injuries have sidelined him for extended periods in recent years, but he's hoping to make a comeback on the men's tour this year.
In the show, a group of women in their 20s -- the "Kittens" -- will move into one floor of an L.A. high-rise. Another set of women in their 40s -- the "Cougars" -- will be on a higher floor, with Philippoussis in between. Philippoussis is initially unaware of the concept at first, knowing only that he's going to be on a dating show.
Host Mark Consuelos ("All My Children") will introduce him to the 40-something women first, with the women in their 20s joining the game a little later. Weekly eliminations will pare the field to the one woman Philippoussis likes the most.
"Age of Love" comes from "Biggest Loser" producer JD Roth, who says the idea sprung from conversations he's had with his wife's female friends.
"I always listen to what the wives are talking about because they're always reading every magazine, watching 'Oprah,'" he told reporters recently. "So they're all talking about how they could get a guy [who's] 25, no problem. They're all around 40. ...
"The next thing you know the conversation is about Ashton and Demi, and 'He really loves her. They have a connection. There's a chemistry there. It's not about age.' Then you see Katie Couric with a guy 20 years younger. When you start talking about what's going on in pop culture, you realize there is no age of love."