Date My Ex.. What Can Reality TV Do Next with Dating Shows -- Bravo TV's New Twist on Dating Shows

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Bravo TV has come up with a fresh twist on dating shows. With their new program, "Date My Ex - Jo & Slade," with her ex- boyfriend's help, Jo goes back out into the dating world and her ex beau is there to help guide, which will be the new man to take his place. Jo's best friend, Myia Ingoldsby is Jo's "voice of reason" as she embarks on her new dating life.

The script is constantly changing. It's tough. It's all unexpected.

Date My Ex: Jo & Slade, is a new reality dating series starring former The Real Housewives of Orange County "housewife" Jo De La Rosa as she seeks love in Los Angeles with the assistance of her ex-fiancé, Slade Smiley who has also relocated and is still serving as her manager.

Featured on the show are Jo's roommate, Katy Metz and her best friend, Myia Ingoldsby, both of whom advise De La Rosa as she embarks on a series of dates that they have arranged. For Myia Ingoldsby, a music publisher, the spotlight of a reality series might seem an unexpected career diversion, but it was through music business channels that Ingoldsby, from London, met De La Rosa, an aspiring recording artist. It was a logical progression for Ingoldsby to select suitors as well as songs for her friend.

A reality series, Ingoldsby says, "…takes over your life. We did six weeks of filming -- seven days a week -- and we didn't have a day off. It was 14 hour days, every day." And the storyline was volatile. "The script is constantly changing. It's tough. It's all unexpected." (All of the men De La Rosa dates subsequently live in a house with her ex, Slade Smiley."

Ingoldsby is represented by well known Los Angeles entertainment attorney Helen Yu, of Yu Leseberg who observes that navigating the competition-driven reality television series universe requires a comprehensive knowledge of a new set of entertainment dynamics. "It's MySpace taken to the next level: today's stars are real people living real lives as experienced by real audiences."

Her role in the show Ingoldsby notes, is to offer "The voice of reason. I'm a mediator between Jo and Slade and I'm a very honest person. I give Jo advice as a girlfriend and I know her very well. I also say what the audience is thinking."

Date My Ex: Jo & Slade airs on Bravo Monday nights at 10/9 Central.


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