After the success of Channel 4’s First Dates, NBC has hired Drew Barrymore to promote Personal Matchmaking in the US. Based on the winning UK TV formula, Drew’s show will study the interaction between couples meeting for the first time. US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is producing the show in partnership with NBC. America’s First Dates will be based in the city of Chicago.
Audiences in the UK have been captivated by the show’s concept: a variety of real life dates are followed as they happen throughout an evening at the First Dates restaurant. The restaurant staff offer words of friendly advice and support to the single men and women who arrive looking for love. Many of the First Dates couples have inspiring and heart-warming back stories. The message of the show is clear: everyone deserves to find love.
Many of the show’s single men and women have turned to the show’s personal matchmakers after spending years looking for love. The number of couples who leave their dates with a warm, fuzzy glow – determined to see each other again – is testament to the power of professional matchmaking.
Drew Barrymore turned her career around by producing and starring in a number of sweet romantic comedies, including 50 First Dates with Adam Sandler. The one-time wild child was once considered unemployable by Hollywood, however, Drew became determined to prove herself as an actress and producer in the late 90s. Movies such as The Wedding Singer and Never Been Kissed warmed the hearts of her audiences and established Drew as the unlikely Queen of Romantic Comedy.
Narrating “First Dates” is the latest step in Drew’s growing television presence. The actress is also starring in the new Netflix comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” alongside Timothy Olyphant.
First Dates is in its eighth season in the UK. You can watch on Tuesdays on Channel Four.