In an effort to fill what Fox reality chief Mike Darnell has called a “hole in the market”, Fox and Endemol have ordered up a new reality dating series pilot that has been tentatively called “Babes on a Bus”. If the title does not make it blaringly obvious, the series will be about babes…and involve travelling.
“Babes on a Bus” will chronicle the challenges women face finding love by following 10 single women who have exhausted their search for the man of their dreams in their home city, and now must hit the open road to find the perfect guy. The women will be packed onto a bus and sent travelling town to town around the country where they will be introduced to the finest bachelors each town has to offer. The bachelors will introduce the lovely ladies to their friends and families, and at the end of the stay the women have to decide if they want to get back on the bus or chuck their ticket in the trash and settle down.
So far, this series sounds like a dumbed down and rushed version of “The Bachelorette”, but the rose ceremony has been replaced by exhaust fumes from the tailpipe of a greyhound. What happens if a woman makes it through all the towns and finds no one is to her particular taste? Do they drop her back off at home with a hand shake and a friendly “We tried our best!”
The reality series will be partnered with Endemol, the studio behind reality hits such as “Fear Factor” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. Endemol has already successfully sold “Babes on a Bus” in Denmark, Germany, Norway, France, the Netherlands and Slovenia.