I am the only female in my house, so I do not get control of the remote often. My knowledge of the embarrassment of riches we have in quality dating and courtship programming is limited to whatever made people mad enough to say something on Twitter.
So obviously, I’m the perfect choice to tell you that season three of the Netflix series Love Is Blind was shot in Dallas in January and February, the cast was announced this week, and the first episode will be ready for streaming on October 19.
For readers who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s what I learned from a little googling: 30 people (15 men, 15 women) date in pods. Literal pods. Each person is in a pod, and they talk to the other person through the wall, like a prison movie but with more hope and less Morgan Freeman. They do this for 10 days, and are initially paired in a speed-dating style format, but later they can have longer pod dates.
You don’t get to see your potential significant other until you propose. Then all the engaged couples head to a resort for a couples’ retreat, and spend time getting to know each other and you know, do adult couple things. They also meet the other couples. Then they move to an apartment complex and meet their partner’s friends and families, and learn even more about each other. They also plan their weddings, which happen (if they decide to go through with it) at the end of four weeks.
Or as host Nick Lachey explained to Entertainment Tonight: “They’re going through an emotional kind of washing machine. They’re just getting tumbled, tumbled, tumbled, and hopefully for some—I can’t reveal too much—hopefully for some that results in some clean laundry at the end of the day, and for others maybe they’re still in the spin cycle…”
Still with me? Because even I’m not with me at this point. Let’s soldier on through this emotional Maytag, though. “Over several weeks, the newly engaged couples will move in together, plan their wedding, and find out if their physical connection matches their strong emotional bond developed in the Pods,” the show description reads. “When their wedding day arrives, will real-world realities and external factors push them apart, or will they marry the person they fell blindly in love with?”
The answers, according to show statistics, are yes, definitely and probably not. The first two seasons produced four marriages (only two are still married). In the trailer, one contestant asks another if they can “swap fiancees.” There might be some slammed doors. There was definitely a “What the f…” uttered. (Girl, same.)
This season’s contestants are between 26 and 36 years old, and have jobs ranging from lawyer to doctor to coach, to real estate agent to nurse to rocket scientist. The Dallas 30 include Alexa Alfia, 27; Amanda Langston, 31; Andrew Liu, 30; Anthony LaScalea, 33; Ashley Randermann, 29; Bartise Bowden, 27; Brannigan Maxwell, 35; Brennan Lemieux, 32; Charita Scott, 35; Chelsey Jordan, 27; Colleen Reed, 26; Cole Barnett, 27; Dakota Easley; Dale Dalida, 32; DaVonté Black, 29; Jessica Gumbert, 30; Julian Torres, 34; Kaleka Adams, 31; Kimberlee Clarke, 30; Loren Langenbeck, 36; Matt Bolton, 28; Nancy Rodriguez, 32; Nash Buehler, 34; Raven Ross, 29; SK Alagbada, 34; Simmer Bajwa, 27; Tony Taylor, 34; Valerie Truong, 35; Zach Gordon, 29; and Zanab Jaffrey, 32.
Know any of them?
TV Insider has links to all of the contestants’ Instagram accounts, just in case you want to know more about them or want to see if there are any familiar faces. If one of those faces is familiar because it is you, hit my email: I have so many questions.