December 28, 2008 04:00 PM by Paulene Hinds
Here comes the honkytonk version of The Bachelorette. Pickups & Hookups, a new dating show on CMT, recently filmed a pilot episode a few weeks ago at Don Balaban’s farm in Thonotosassa, northeast of Tampa Florida. The show follows a a group of men who are vying for the affection of one woman during a series of eliminations.
In Pickups & Hookups, the girl chooses from three men, starting with an inspection of their pickup trucks. With flashlight and kitchen tongs, she scopes out each man’s truck and eliminates one that least matches her style.
The owners of the two remaining trucks arm-wrestle each other to determine who gets the first date with her. The dates involve some type of country activity, from Spam carving to skeet shooting to mattress riding (where you tie a mattress behind a pickup and hold on for dear life). The dates end with lunch.
A short 30 minutes later, the woman chooses which guy she’d like to see again, and they ride off into the sunset.
CMT will pair Pickups & Hookups with My Redneck Wedding, which records the weddings of country couples. Lindsey Norris, Tampa Bay Film Commission manager said the show is among several reality TVshows that have filmed or recruited the cast locally. “Tampa is affordable and beautiful” with distinctive backdrops close to one another, she said.
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