Everything is scaled back — there’s no house filled with inebriated singletons fighting like caged zoo animals going after the same piece of meat.
Instead, “3” enlists a trio of stunning women who are tired of the dating scene, moves them into a luxurious — but tastefully decorated — mansion in Chicago and helpfully sends in a steady stream of attractive men to woo them.
At the end of each episode, the daters will each pick the one person they connected with the best to be their keeper and stay on the island.
As sexy new daters arrive every week, vying for those coveted "keeper" spots, connections will be tested and relationships will develop.
Some men are earnest and adorable and bring everything from puppies to sangria mix to stand out from the crowd. Some men are creepy — notably, the guy who compares the women’s reasons for liking their favorite food to the same way they feel about sex.
Dan, a lawyer from Chicago, brightens when Rachel tells him she has two kids. But the stakes are low all around, which makes the proceedings less awkward when someone gets turned down.
“3,” a new dating reality series on CBS, is a weirdly charming show with a terrible title.
Presumably, “3 Gorgeous Women Who Want to Find a Date, But Somehow Can’t, So They Go on a Reality Show” was too long, or already taken.
Right, with help from viewers who vote for the man they believe fits the bill.
(Keep in mind that this is unrelated with the short-lived 19 ABC drama series of the same name respectively.) The series takes a single woman (Lisa Shannon) along with her two friends (Laura Restum and Kimberly Tarter) as they try to scour across the country looking for suitable mates along with the help from the viewing audience.
It’s as though a dating show had a wake-up call, or a stern talking-to from a friend: Bikini-clad games of Twister can be fun, but that’s not how you’re going to meet your soul mate.
So, “3” officially becomes the polite, mature reality dating show with reasonable expectations.
The hopefuls are April, 29, a fashion entrepreneur; Libby, 24, a model; and Rachel, 34, a single mom.