Yet if the introductory year represented a shot across the bow at that genre, season two could become a real punch to the gut, softened only by the fact that this Lifetime drama garnered more media buzz than Nielsen ratings.
In season one, Quinn (Constance Zimmer), the acerbic producer of the fictional dating show within the show, "Everlasting," laughed off the fact that minorities seldom last long.
The foremost one being the tendency to go out with multiple people simultaneously and the surge of emotions that comes with that.
"People who are dating now go through that same thing, just on a less dramatic scale," she affirms.
To have a good relationship, however, Chrisler thinks viewers gain little to nothing from dating reality TV shows.
"I think any show that shows competition of women is really toxic for anyone's love life," she said.
According to Edwards, many have found their newfound ability to date several people surprisingly empowering because they're taking greater control of their love life.
Rather than the literal rose ceremony, Edwards encourages daters to sit down and consider where each person stands in their life."Part of the reason I would imagine why people want to watch and why people want to believe, too, is because they see themselves in that."By enabling this sort of virtual self-reflection, Edwards also thinks these shows can help normalize the concept of casual dating to those who have never attempted it before, particularly middle-aged viewers who find themselves newly single."It lets them know that dating multiple people isn't a bad thing or makes you a bad person," she adds."I think if anyone wants to actually find love, they have to do whatever it takes to stop inputting into their brain unloving messages from TV, magazines, family, friends," Chrisler concludes. maybe you'll go for a walk, maybe you'll call a friend, maybe you'll take this class you've always wanted to take, or maybe you'll meet somebody." As hundreds of people who have subjected themselves to romantic rejection on national television know all too well, you can't accept a rose you weren't given.Perhaps the better lesson is not to wait around for a single rose, but to go out and smell as many as you want.Though she acknowledges the contestants's actual intentions often vary, she still believes viewers can take away something from their example.