TBS and Bruce Nash are heading Down Under in the name of love.
Cabler and Nash Entertainment (“For Love or Money”) have teamed for the channel’s first original relationship reality skein, “Outback Jack,” which combines elements of “Survivor,” “The Simple Life” and “The Bachelor.”
Cabler greenlit production on the project earlier this year but kept the show’s conceit under wraps (Daily Variety, Feb. 6).
In the show, 12 city women will compete for the love of Aussie adventurer Vadim Dale. Unbeknownst to the contestants, dating show takes place in the Outback, where the women must rough it alongside Dale to win him over.
“It’s a real-life romantic comedy. These are women who don’t like camping. Most of them have never even been camping. The outdoors? Bugs? Forget about it,” Nash said. “They’ll be going on dates, but it’s dinner in a treehouse or things involving camels and horses.”
Dale, whom Nash describes as a “real-life Crocodile Dundee, only better looking,” has earned kudos in swimming, judo, karate, grappling, football and horseback riding. In addition, he is a triathlete, trail bike racer, whitewater rafter and skydiver.
“TBS is looking for unique and engaging reality series that will appeal to our targeted young-adult audience and complement our other high-profile programming, including ‘Sex and the City,’ ” said TNT/TBS exec veep-chief operating officer Steve Koonin. “The projects for which Bruce is famous fit that strategy perfectly by taking popular reality formulas to exciting new levels.”
Eight-episode series will be hosted by J.D. Roberto (“Shop ‘Til You Drop”).
TBS will bow “Jack” after “Sex and the City” June 22.
Nash is developing the scripted skein “If the South Won the Civil War” for USA. His credits include “Meet My Folks” and “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?”