Age of Love (TV series)

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Age of Love
Age of Love (TV series) logo.jpg
Format Competitive reality show
Created by J. D. Roth
Starring Mark Consuelos (Host)
Mark Philippoussis
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Todd A. Nelson
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run June 18 – August 6, 2007
External links
Website

Age of Love is an American reality TV dating series that ran for one season in Summer 2007.

The show featured 30 year-old Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis as he looked for love among a group of women ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 40s.

Hosted by Mark Consuelos, the series aired on NBC, and premiered on Monday, June 18, 2007.[1] The last episode aired on August 6, 2007, in which 25 year-old Amanda Salinas was chosen as the winner.

Format[edit]

The contestants were divided in two age groups. The "kittens" were the women in their 20s, while the "cougars" were the women in their late 30s to late 40s. Each week Philippoussis would accompany one or two of the women on a private date, and at the end of each episode would ask all but one of the women if they would continue to see him. The rejected woman would be eliminated; this continued each week until just one remained. For the show's season finale, the final three contestants flew to Philippoussis' hometown of Melbourne, Australia to meet his family.

Contestants[edit]

Kittens[edit]

Name Age Hometown Occupation Eliminated Notes
Amanda Salinas 25 Nashville, TN Hockey team dancer for Nashville Predators Winner Currently attending Middle Tennessee State University
Megan Klehr 21 Chicago, IL Loyola University student Episode 7 ([1]) At the time of taping, ended a 10-month relationship
Mary Sanks 24 Albuquerque, NM Hemodialysis Technician Episode 5 Last serious relationship was at the age of 20
Tessa Walker 23 Peoria, AZ Surgical Sales Episode 4
Adelaide Dawson 26 Manhattan Beach, CA Editor for Esquire magazine Episode 3 Born in Australia
Lauren Bryant 27 Greenwich, CT Lighting consultant Episode 2 Avid indoor rock climber
  • ^1 Megan was chosen to be in Final 3 and on to the finale. On the finale, the girls and Mark had to take a plane to Australia to meet Mark's family. Megan was terrified of flying and refused to go on the plane, thereby eliminating herself from the competition.

Cougars[edit]

Name Age Hometown Occupation Eliminated Notes
Jennifer Braff 48 Carson, CA Executive assistant for the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers

Spokesmodel, Amore Fashion

Finale (Runner up) Was married twice (1979, 1999), 25 year-old son
Maria Rangel 42 Playa Del Rey, CA Actress, Photographer Episode 7 ([2]) Married once, May 1989
Jayanna Howeton 39 Newport Beach, CA Mortgage loan officer Episode 6 Married once
Kelli Brook 40 Oceanside,CA actress, legal secretary Episode 4 former Los Angeles Raiderette
Lynn Borges 40 Nashville, TN Makeup artist Episode 3 Never married
Angela Harrington 40 Lakeside, MI Property manager Episode 2 Married twice (1987, 1993), 21 year-old son
Jodie Fisher 46 Dallas, TX Vice president for a commercial real estate company Episode 1 Married once June 1996, 8 year-old son
  • ^2 Maria was shown in Episodes 4 and 6 as thinking of leaving. On Episode 7, when Mark asked Maria to stay, Maria told Mark she thought it wouldn't work out, which resulted in Maria eliminating herself.

Call-out order[edit]

Mark’s call-out order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Adelaide Amanda Megan Maria Jennifer Jennifer Amanda
2 Tessa Mary Amanda Megan Amanda Amanda Jennifer
3 Amanda Megan Mary Jayanna Maria Megan
4 Megan Tessa Tessa Amanda Megan Maria
5 Mary Adelaide Maria Jennifer Jayanna
6 Lauren Kelli Jennifer Mary
7 Kelli Jayanna Jayanna Jayanna
8 Jayanna Jennifer Jennifer Kelli
9 Maria Kelli Maria
10 Lynn Maria Lynn
11 Jennifer Lynn
12 Angela Angela
13 Jodie
     The contestant is in her 40's.
     The contestant is in her 20's.
     The contestant won the competition.
     The contestant was eliminated by Mark.
     The contestant decided to quit the competition.
     The contestant was automatically eliminated as her fear of flying prevented her from going to Australia for the finale.

Criticism[edit]

Critics noted Philippoussis was closer in age to the twenties than the forties. He was only three to nine years older than the "kittens", while nine to 18 years younger than all of the "cougars".[2]

Outcome[edit]

After the last episode of the show, Philippoussis refused to comment on the outcome of the relationship, stating that he was "concentrating on tennis".[3] However, in a radio interview which aired on November 28 in Australia, he did state he was "currently single"[citation needed], and in February 2008 had been seen with model Siobhan Parekh.[4][5] It was announced on October 26, 2009 that Philippousis was engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito,[6] but had split by August 2010.[7]

In 2009 it was revealed that Salinas and Philippoussis had stayed together for five months after meeting on the show. They split amicably in September 2007.[8]

International broadcasters[edit]

The opening episode of Age Of Love in Australia, screening at 8:30pm in NSW, ACT and QLD, and at 9:30pm in other states, only managed to rate 849,000 mainland capital city viewers,[9] rating behind both Channel Nine and ABC. Two weeks later, it was moved to a later timeslot of 10:30pm as ratings dropped to 545,000 viewers.[10] The rights for the show in the UK were snapped up by E4, the digital channel from Channel 4 and is shown as part of their "No-Brainers" season along with other American reality TV shows like The Simple Life and Beauty and the Geek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NBC reveals identities of 13 bachelorettes competing on 'Age of Love' - Reality TV World - News, information, episode summaries, message boards, chat and games for unscripted television programs.
  2. ^ Seaton, Leslie (2007-08-21). "Age of Love: A Reality Check". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Scud's love life on skids again". Daily Telegraph. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  4. ^ "'Age of Love' Bachelor to Participate in Grand Prix Celebrity Challenge". 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  5. ^ "'Age of Love' Star Wants to "Play One More Great Match"". 2008-03-11. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Jennifer Esposito and Mark Philippousis are Engaged". 2009-10-27. Archived from the original on 28 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Did Mark Philippoussis and Jennifer Esposito call off their engagement?". Popsugar.com.au. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ "Amanda Salinas dishes dirt on tennis star Mark Philippoussis". Daily Telegraph. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  9. ^ "Seven - Daily Ratings Report". eBroadcast. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  10. ^ "SMH - Stay In Touch Blog". Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-07-27. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007. 

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