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two loser-in-love guys were paired with self-described Romeos who would coach them through a date with a girl and the chance to be “invited in.” The clearly scripted formula, possibly inspired by then Bravo hit .
hard already whetted the network’s appetite for hot young singles getting it on and audiences were ready for more.
What followed would become an MTV signature: scripted dating shows that favored hot (often shirtless, fit and on Spring Break) 20-somethings look for the someone to screw, not marry.
The clever set ups — blind dates in bedrooms, blind dates in vans, blind dates with parents — kept generations of teens glued to the channel, much in the same way music videos had the decade prior.
And the effects of it can be seen in much of modern culture, especially technology, with apps like Tinder and Ok Cupid like a real-world versions of was hosted by Chris Hardwick and Jenny Mc Carthy and featured a single guy or a single girl weeding out a crowd of horny hotties by choosing a series of attributes (hair color, body type, “package size”) and asking erotically tinged questions.
Even in these early reality days, MTV understood that people would do and say anything to get on TV—and on is also notable for featuring gay and lesbian contestants, a rarity at the time, but something they would continue on almost all of their future dating shows.