(WCMH) — A new reality romance series called “The Courtship” is coming to NBC and it promises to put an old twist on the genre with singles looking for love in a Jane Austen-themed setting.
The network announced the dating show, which it refers to as “the ultimate social experiment in romance,” will premiere Sunday, March 6, at 8 p.m.
An NBC release states the program will focus on a heroine who, surrounded by her court, will search for her duke among a number of eligible suitors who have all been “transported to a Regency-style England.”
The official trailer posted on YouTube presents snippets from “confession-style” interviews with series star Nicole Remy and clips of her with her suitors and court from the show. A female voice narrates, “Once upon a time, a young woman began a quest for true love. Can the old ways of courtship lead to new romance? A journey where swiping is out and courting is in.”
The international cast of suitors includes Alex “Achilles” King (San Diego, Calif.); Caleb Ward (Hampton, Va.); Chandler “Chan” Luxe (West Hollywood, Calif.); Charlie Mumbray (Kent, England); Christian Lee Cones (Los Angeles); Daniel “Dan” Hunter (Los Angeles); Daniel Bochicchio (Staten Island, N.Y.); Danny Kim (Seoul, South Korea); Derek Kesseler (Vancouver, B.C.); Giuseppe Castronovo (Point Pleasant, N.J.); Jaquan Holland (Los Angeles); Jarrett Schanzer (Miami); Lewis Echavarria (Miami); Lincoln Chapman(Nashville); Nate Shanklin (Sacramento); and Peter Saffa (Defiance, Mo.).
Remy’s court will include her father, Claude; her mother, Claire; her sister, Danie; and her best friend, Tessa.
British broadcaster Rick Edwards will serve as host, or “presenter” as they say in England.
According to NBC, the cast will be “housed in a castle on the countryside, set on a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills.” Viewers can also look forward to participants taking carriage and boat rides, competing in archery events, handwriting letters to communicate, and basically being “immersed in a time-traveling quest for love.”
NBC did not indicate whether the show’s finale is expected to culminate in a proposal, only providing that the heroine and suitors “will discover if the ultimate romantic experience” ends in true love.
Previously, a casting flyer for the series stated that the show, which was formerly called “Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance” at that time, would be the “first-ever fully immersive epic romance fantasy and dating quest.”
Viewers can watch “The Courtship” on NBC4 Sundays starting March 6.