- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another “nude” reality show is set to premiere this week, prompting a parents’ watchdog group to say “enough already.”

“The core of the TV show’s premise — people dating in the nude — should be troubling for most parents, and it should absolutely land the show on any responsible advertisers’ do-not-buy list,” Tim Winters, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), said of VH1’s “Dating Naked,” which airs its first episode Thursday.

The PTC plans to alert parents and hold the show’s advertisers accountable.

“Dating Naked” is the latest cable network show to feature people au naturel, with their private parts pixelated or otherwise obscured by a graphic technique.

Other shows include “Naked and Afraid,” which launched June 2013 on Discovery Channel, and “Buying Naked” on TLC, which started in June.

VH1’s “Dating Naked,” airing 9 p.m. EDT, follows a man and a woman who go on three dates with different people on an island resort, all the time wearing little or no clothing. At the end, they decide which person they want to continue dating at home.

The goal of the show is honest dating, since online dates, blind dates and “ridiculous dating apps … make it hard to see people for who they really are,” VH1 said, adding that its 10 one-hour shows will be “edited according to network standards.”

“Naked and Afraid” puts nude man-woman teams in remote locations where they must figure out how to survive for 21 days. “Buying Naked,” located in a nudist-friendly area in Florida, follows a woman real-estate expert and her team as they show homes to naked people. These shows air at 10 p.m. EDT and 11 p.m. EDT, respectively.

Nude reality shows are a good reason to fight for “cable choice” for consumers, said Daniel Isett, director of communications and policy at PTC.

Under current channel-bundling schemes, virtually every cable and satellite household in the country is going to pay for VH1 — and therefore “Naked Dating” — just to get access to the channels they want, like ESPN or the Disney Channel, said Mr. Isett.

“There are some boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed, and this is one of them,” he said. “We’re not talking about Cinemax here. And we’re not talking about 2 o’clock in the morning.”

VH1 is bringing its show “to 8 o’clock, Central Time, on the expanded basic tier in every living room in the country,” he said.

• Cheryl Wetzstein can be reached at cwetzstein@washingtontimes.com.

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