Picks and Pans Review: Fun with the Lights Out

updated 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/27/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

DATING IN THE DARK
ABC, July 20, 10:02 p.m. ET/PT |

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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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