CAN whoever is standing with their finger on the random TV dating show format generator please step away.
After Love Is Blind, Married At First Sight and Five Guys A Week, we now have a new one — Sexy Beasts.
I’m told this off-the-wall programme will involve singletons disguising themselves as aliens and fantasy animals to find “the one”.
The 12-part-series, which is being screened on Netflix, features British and American hopefuls on a quest to find true love.
They will wine, dine and get to know potential dates while dressed as bizarre creatures, thanks to clever Hollywood-style prosthetics.
The idea is that by dating in disguise, potential lovers can fall for each other’s personality and dating skills rather than beauty and brawn before revealing their true selves.
It is based on a BBC Three dating series of the same name, which was released in 2013.
A source said: “This show offers a new take on the idea of a fantasy date. There are no Kim Kardashian lookalikes here.
“All potential lovers will attempt to find “the one” while wearing an elaborate prosthetic mask of a strange fantasy beast.
“Much like ITV’s hit The Masked Singer, the fun is in guessing who the real person is behind the mask and what they might actually look like, before the big reveal when masks are off and contestants are shown exactly who they’ve fallen for.”
If ever there was a time to work out if someone is your type while wearing a mask, surely it’s now.
Montana in the Brown stuff
WE first met her when she was coating herself in sun cream on Love Island.
Now Montana Brown seems to be smeared in something very different for Celebs On The Farm.
Memories of the luxurious villa are a distant memory as she joins a line-up of other celebrities on the MTV reality show, set among the muck and hay of the English countryside.
When the series starts this month, Montana will be helped by former EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson, Hollyoaks star Malique Thompson-Dwyer and Blue singer Duncan James.
I bet none of them will look quite as good in the dirt as she does, though.
Chase trio on trip to PC world
WHAT’S in a name? Well, it turns out plenty if you are a telly executive having to navigate an increasingly sensitive world.
Just ask the bosses at ITV, who mulled over what to call the new show starring brainboxes Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace from daytime quiz The Chase.
Three-part documentary The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains And Automobiles started last night and continues next week.
At one point the show was called Are You Smarter Than A Monkey, A Robot Or A Child? but it was thought that could be viewed as racist.
Suggestion number two for the show, Are You Smarter Than A Chimpanzee?, was rejected for a similar reason.
So they have ended up with the current title, which doesn’t intrigue the viewer or explain what the show is.
In fact, it sees The Chasers travel the world looking at the “intelligence” of machines, children and animals, including a chimpanzee and an orangutan.
They should have asked Anne, Mark and Shaun for name suggestions as the brainy trio always seem to have the answer to everything.