Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This ABC reality game show was based upon the Japanese TV series The Future Diary. Those chosen to date one another were strangers who had never previously met. Sent to a secret locale, minus money and friends, the contestants were told to read the instructions set down in a red diary, anonymously delivered to them. No matter how crazy or illogical the instructions, they were be to be followed to the letter -- and never before was the course to true love so rocky or fraught with peril. When the diary's "scenario" was completed and the new romantic couples were formed, said couples were then ordered to separate forever -- unless they were truly committed to their new relationship. Narrated by actor Hector Elizondo, The Dating Experiment debuted on June 25, 2003.