TV NotesGeorge Lopez says he wouldn’t do well on his new dating show, ‘Take Me Out’
By Gina Salomone, New York Daily News
- Jun. 6, 2012
Geroge Lopez doesn’t think he’d do well as a contestant on the new dating show he hosts.
The 51-year-old comedian and actor says he’s too much of a homebody to impress the 30 ladies vying to be hooked up with a bachelor on “Take Me Out,” premiering Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox
When the women aren’t feeling much enthusiasm for a guy, they can turn their lights off onstage to show they’re not interested.
“If I was playing the game myself, I know that I would probably be blacked out, which is when all the lights go out, because I don’t do much in real life,” Lopez admitted in a conference call. “I think a girl would probably say, ‘I need a guy that’s more exciting.’ ”
He’s looking for the opposite in a match.
“I would say you [have to\] have a sense of humor, not take yourself too seriously, be honest, pick up after yourself, love to stay at home and not do much,” Lopez says. “I really don’t go out a lot.”
And they’d need to be neat and self-assured.
“I don’t like people that are messy, for one, or that are insecure,” Lopez adds. “I’ve had an interesting life, so I’m very confident, and I don’t like people who are a little bit timid and unsure. I like somebody to be sure.”
“Take Me Out” uses a similar format to the British comedy dating game show of the same name, which is based on the original Australian show “Taken Out.”
Lopez will introduce the 30 ladies looking for love, who walk down the stage stairs and separate into 15 on each side of a “Love Lift.” The bachelor then makes his big appearance via the lift and greets his prospective dates.
The women have a few rounds to decide if they like him.
“They’re looking at his shoes,” Lopez says. “I stand back and look at what they look at. They’re looking at his hair. I don’t even think they know the expressions on their faces … they’re critiquing this guy.”
He tells them his name and where he’s from.
“I say, ‘Okay, on first impressions if you’re not turned on, turn off [your light\],’ ” Lopez explains. “If he loses some people, he’s lost them on first impressions. Then I go and ask the girls, ‘Why did you turn your light off?’ They’ll tell you what they like or dislike about that particular guy.”
In later rounds, the bachelor reveals a little bit more about himself and his personality, like what his does for a living and his hobbies. And the women can switch off their lights if they hear something they’re not thrilled with.
According to Lopez, many of the girls are looking for the same thing in a guy, but when they see it, they back away from it.
“It’s really very interesting to see,” he says. “They’ll say, ‘I want a guy that works out. I want a guy that’s independent. I want a guy that has his own business.’ You’ll bring that guy out, and they’ll say, ‘Well, he works too much. He won’t have time for me. I want a guy that … doesn't work out as much.’
“So it’s great to watch, because you can watch someone say what they want, and then turn their light off when you deliver that guy.”http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/television/george-lopez-dating-show-article-1.1090285