Coronavirus Quarantine Is Collapsing The Space Between Online Dating & Reality TV – HuffPost
When roommates Thi Q. Lam and Rance Nix woke up last Wednesday, they had no intention of creating a viral dating show. They were just bored.
The two Brooklyn-based millennials are self-described extroverts and creatives — Lam, 27, runs the production house Garnish Studios, and Nix, 28, is an actor. The coronavirus pandemic had put their work lives on pause, and they had recently watched “Love Is Blind,” Netflix’s breakout reality TV dating show about couples who can hear but not see each other as they date in pods.
Many singles were suddenly finding themselves trapped in apartments with no IRL dating prospects and the ever-present human desire to find love and connection. This got Lam and Nix thinking: What if they could create an online version of “Love Is Blind”?
That’s how “Love Is Quarantine” was born.
A week later, the show has nearly 15,000 followers on Instagram, a website and official merchandise, and has spawned independent spin-offs in Canada, the U.K. and on Columbia University’s (virtual) campus. Nearly 50 people have participated.
As online dating increasingly moves on-camera and reality dating TV goes temporarily dark, there’s ample space for creators like Lam and Nix to jump in and make sure the search for love continues on our personal screens and Instagram feeds. These digital “shows” are collapsing the space