10:30am PT by Michael O'Connell
Drew Barrymore Boards NBC Dating Show
Drew Barrymore has been bitten by the TV bug. Not only is the actress set to star in an upcoming Netflix comedy, she will be lending her distinctive voice to NBC's new dating show.
The 41-year-old is set to narrate First Dates — a reality series that, as the title implies, follows a variety of first dates taking place over the course of one night in a Chicago restaurant. The experiences of the various couples, from the romantic to the painfully awkward, will get some extra context courtesy of Barrymore. Each episode concludes with an update on if the daters ever saw one another again.
First ordered to series over a year ago, First Dates comes from Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Production, Warner Bros. shingle Shed Media and Twenty Twenty. It is based on a U.K. format, which has already run for six seasons on Channel 4.
There's no premiere date set at this time, but it marks another series in a small trend of romantic reality shows headed to the broadcast networks. It will follow Mark Burnett's Coupled, set for a summer run on Fox, which is set to debut May 17.
As for Barrymore, who is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, the actress also is headed to Netflix with Santa Clarita Diet. The comedy series, from Better Off Ted writer Victor Fresco, also stars Timothy Olyphant.