Taken Out

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Taken Out
Taken Out Logo.png
Genre Comedy
Developed by FremantleMedia Australia
Presented by James Kerley
Opening theme "I Never Liked You" by Rogue Traders
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 65
Production
Producer(s) FremantleMedia Australia
Running time 30 minutes
Release
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
First shown in Australia
Original release 1 September 2008 – 26 February 2009
External links
Website
Production website

Taken Out is an Australian television dating game show that was originally broadcast on Network Ten between 1 September 2008 and 26 February 2009. The format was developed by FremantleMedia and was hosted by James Kerley, a Foxtel television presenter who has also hosted shows such as Cash Cab and The Dave & Kerley Show.[1]

British, Irish and Philippine versions of the show have been developed under the name Take Me Out.[2] Versions have also been made in Denmark, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Spain, China, Italy, United States, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Canada (Quebec) and Lebanon .

Format[edit]

Taken Out is primarily a studio-based show, with limited amounts of location-based material, that involves a single person who is introduced to thirty single people of the opposite sex which were revealed to them in the Taken Out arena. The show is split into two sections: The initial selection in the studio, and the two stage date. During the course of the game, the host presents information and videos about the single person and based upon this information, the thirty people periodically decide independently, if they should 'leave their light on' and stay in the game with the chance to date the single person or to 'turn their light out' and exclude themselves from the chance to date the person.

Initial selection[edit]

Note: The following is described with one single man being presented to thirty single women. The opposite (one single woman presented to thirty single men) also occurs.

Firstly, the women learnt a single piece of information about the single man which, along with his appearance, they used to decide whether they were interested or not. The women then judged and turned their lights off or on depending on their decision, however once they had turned their lights off, they couldn't change their minds. Then there would be a video of the single man shown, where they would describe their best features and qualities to try to keep as many women in the game as possible. The women then judged again. Next, a video by the single man's friend, family member, co worker or ex partner was shown. The women then decided again. Finally, if there were four or more women left with their lights on, the single man walked around the arena and personally met each remaining woman and either turn her light out or left hers on until there were only three women remaining. Then the single man asked a question to the three women, in which he then chose one woman to dismiss. This occurred again for the remaining two women. At the end the single man formally got asked if they would like to date the remaining woman or not. The first question was skipped if only two women are remaining and the single man still got to ask a question if only one woman was remaining before arriving at the question stage. If at any stage of the game all thirty women had turned their lights off, the game ended immediately and the single man left the show without a woman. During the whole process Kerley waked around the arena and chatted with different women asking for their opinions of the single man and why they had kept their light on or turned it off.

Dating process[edit]

After the initial selection is complete, a three-stage dating process occurs. Firstly, the couple get to chat in private in a 'green room' at the studios in which they can get to know each other better in an uninfluenced environment. Next up, the couple meet for a date at a Melbourne restaurant, bar, massage parlour or other similar place. If either person is still interested in the other, there is an opportunity to attend a rendezvous at the Eureka Tower observation deck, where champagne and views of Melbourne at night await. This can often embarrassingly lead to only one person attending the rendezvous point. The latter two meetings are optional, however most attend the second stage. After all possible meetings, a final verdict is delivered. If either person wants the relationship to continue, they 'leave their light on' but if they wish for the relationship to end, they 'turn their light out'. This process is shown on the episode after the episode where their pairing was determined in the studio.

Broadcast[edit]

The show originally screened Monday to Friday in the 7pm timeslot before it was moved to an earlier 6pm timeslot after two weeks on air, due to competition from other shows.[3] It was removed from schedules in its fourth week after screening 19 episodes, due to continuing mediocre ratings.[4] Despite the axing, FremantleMedia continued to produce new episodes. In total, 65 episodes had been recorded. On 12 January 2009, Taken Out returned to air at around midnight each morning, seven days a week.[5] The remaining 46 episodes aired until 26 February 2009.

The show has also aired on Australian subscription television channel Channel V.

International versions[edit]

Region/Country Name Channel Premiere Presenter(s)
 Brazil[6] Me Leva Contigo
Take Me With You
Rede Record 9 May 2014 Rafael Cortez
 Chile[7] Elígeme
Pick Me
Mega 24 March 2010 Luis Jara
 China[8][9] 我们约会吧
(male/female roles reverse)
"Let's Date"
我们约会吧
Hunan TV December 2009 He Jiong (何炅)
非诚勿扰
If You Are the One
Literally "If not Sincere, Then Don't Bother"
Jiangsu TV 15 January 2010 Meng Fei (孟非)
 Denmark[10] Dagens Mand
Man of The Day
TV2 17 September 2008 Pelle Hvenegaard
 Estonia[11] Vali Mind!
Pick Me!
Kanal 2 2011 Kristjan Jõekalda
 Flanders[12] Take Me Out 2BE 15 December 2010 Gerrit De Cock
 France[13] Séduis-moi...Si tu peux!
Seduce me...if you can!
W9 30 September 2013 Jérôme Anthony
 Germany[14] Take Me Out - Die neue Dating-Show
Take Me Out - The New Dating-Show
RTL 13 March 2013 Ralf Schmitz
 Hungary[15] Vigyél el!
Take Me Away!
RTL Klub 5 September 2015 Bence Istenes
 Indonesia[16][17] Take Me Out Indonesia Indosiar 19 June 2009
17 November 2012
Choky Sitohang & Yuanita Christiani
Take Him Out Indonesia 2 August 2009
Take A Celebrity Out Indonesia 2010
All New Take Me Out Indonesia February 2014 Indra Bekti & Nycta Gina
Take Me Out Indonesia antv 19 September 2016 Eko Patrio
 Ireland[18] Take Me Out TV3 15 September 2010 Ray Foley
 Italy[19] Take me out - Esci con me
Take me out - Go out with me
Real Time 4 January 2016 Gabriele Corsi
 Japan[20] テイク・ミー・アウト
Take Me Out
TBS TV 1 October 2009 加藤浩次
Kato Kouji
 Lebanon[21] Take Me Out نقشت
Take Me Out, it worked
LBCI September 2016 Fouad Yammine
 Malaysia[22] Take Me Out NTV7 11 November 2011 Nazrudin Rahman and Julie Woon
 Netherlands[23] Take Me Out RTL 5 9 March 2009 Eddy Zoëy/Jan Kooijman
 Norway[24] Dagens Mann
Man of The Day
TV3 September 2011 Hasse Hope
 Philippines[25] Take Me Out GMA Network 26 April 2010 Jay-R
 Québec (Canada)[26] Allume-moi
Light me up
V 30 September 2013 Philippe Bond
 Serbia Izvedi me (Take me out)
Bring me (Take me out)
RTV Pink 21 November 2016 Andrija Milošević
 South Africa[27][28] Take Me Out: South Africa SABC1 15 July 2014 Phat Joe
 South Korea Love Switch tvN 15 March 2010 Lee Kyung-kyu & Shin Dong-yup
 Spain[29] Elígeme
Pick Me
Cuatro 24 November 2010 Carlos Baute
 Sweden[30] Dagens man
Today's Man
TV4 Plus September 2009 Carolina Gynning
 Taiwan[31] 王子的約會
Take Me Out Taiwan
Taiwan Television 18 August 2012 Harlem Yu & Ella Chen of (S.H.E)
 Thailand[32] Take Me Out Thailand ThaiTV3 2 July 2011 Ketsetsawat Palakawong Na Ayutthaya
Patcharasri Benjamas
 Ukraine[33] Давай, до побачення!
Davay, do pobachennya!
Come on, goodbye!
1+1 30 August 2012 Andriy Domanskyi
 United Kingdom[34] Take Me Out ITV 2 January 2010 Paddy McGuinness
 United States[35] Take Me Out Fox[36] 7 June 2012[37] George Lopez

References[edit]

  1. ^ James Kerley to host new Channel Ten show Taken Out | Perth Now
  2. ^ Taken Out turning Japanese | TV Tonight
  3. ^ http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24360052-12377,00.html
  4. ^ Axed: Taken Out | TV Tonight
  5. ^ Bumped: ANTM. Returning: Taken Out. | TV Tonight
  6. ^ "Me Leva Contigo". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Elígeme (Chile)". Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  8. ^ "Let's Date". hunantv.com. Retrieved 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "If You Are The One". jstv.com. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Dangens Mand". tv2.dk. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Vali Mind!". kanal2.ee. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "Take Me Out (Flanders)". 2be.be. Archived from the original on 3 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  13. ^ "Séduis-moi...Si tu peux!". w9.fr. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  14. ^ "Take Me Out - Das neue Dating-Show". rtl.de. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  15. ^ "Vigyél el!". rtl.hu. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  16. ^ "Take Me Out Indonesia". takemeoutindonesia.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  17. ^ "Take Him Out". thoindonesia.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  18. ^ "Take Me Out (Ireland)". tv3.ie. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  19. ^ "Take Me Out - Esci con me". realtimetv.it. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  20. ^ "Take Me Out (Japan)". tbs.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-01-10. 
  21. ^ "Take Me Out Na2ashit". lbcgroup.tv. Retrieved 2016-11-8.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  22. ^ "Take Me Out (Malaysia)". ntv7.com.my. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  23. ^ "Take Me Out (Netherlands)". rtl.nl. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  24. ^ "Dagens Mann". tv3.no. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  25. ^ "Take Me Out (Philippines)". igma.tv. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  26. ^ "Allume-moi". vtele.ca. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  27. ^ "Take Me Out: South Africa". takemeoutsa.co.za. Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  28. ^ "Is Take Me Out SA facing financial troubles?". channel24.co.za. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  29. ^ "Elígeme (Spain)". cuatro.com. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  30. ^ "Dagens Man". tv4.se. Retrieved 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  31. ^ "Take Me Out Taiwan". ttv.com.tw. Retrieved 2012-08-18. 
  32. ^ "Take Me Out Thailand". tvthunder.co.th. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  33. ^ "Davay, do pobachennya!". Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  34. ^ "Take Me Out (UK)". itv.com. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  35. ^ "Take Me Out (US)". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  36. ^ Fox orders Take Me Out | News | Broadcast
  37. ^ BBC - Newsbeat - Dating show Take Me Out to get US version on Fox network

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