Picks and Pans Review: Looking for Love

updated 06/03/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/03/2002 01:00AM

Bachelorettes in Alaska
FOX (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET)

Take elements from The Dating Game, Survivor, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? and other past shows too numerous to mention. Mix them up and serve the concoction cold. Brrrr.

That's the recipe for this junky reality entry (premiering June 2), which FOX can only hope will equal the ratings success of ABC's The Bachelor. Taped last fall, the six-week series transports five marriage-minded women from the Lower 48 to a remote part of Alaska, where the chilled menfolk are supposedly desperate for female company. Each woman first makes one pick from a crew of strapping suitors, tapping him as her exclusive "man on ice." Next she gets an opportunity for "secluded dates" with guys who weren't selected at the outset. For every additional gent who formally pleads for her love, the contestant collects $2,000 for what's quaintly called her dowry.

"The power...is in the hands of the women," says Jeff Probst-like host Steve Santagati, though the show's a cinch to drive feminists up a wall. I don't mean to question the reality of the proceedings, but real estate broker Rebekah is too obviously playing the role of the mercenary tease. (Her dowry's up to 17 grand in episode 2.) Some jezebel, this one—she's practically winking every minute.

Bottom Line: Leave it in the freezer

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