July 27, 2009 12:00 PM

DATING IN THE DARK

ABC, July 20, 10:02 p.m. ET/PT |

REALITY

Watching Jillian’s miscalculations on The Bachelorette is probably all any of us needs to know about the illusions of romance, but now ABC has added this nutty variation. Each week three men and three women are put up in separate quarters of a big house, then introduced—get this—in a pitch-black room. We witness their dating interactions, which often look like a clumsy exercise in improv comedy, with the benefit of infrared cameras. At the end of the hour, man and woman are revealed to each other and decide whether to keep dating. It’s an unexpectedly poignant show, with fantasies ruined in the literal blink of an eye. If it came with 3-D glasses too, it’d be a killer.

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