Apparently “Dating Naked” is too risqué, even in France. The French television regulator Le Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel issued a statement (in French) Friday saying it had received complaints about “Adam Recherche Eve,” a French version of the U.S. reality TV show “Dating Naked,” which aired its first season earlier this year.
Set on a remote tropical island, “Adam Recherche Eve”/“Dating Naked” is exactly what it sounds like: a dating reality show in which the contestants meet one another and then go on a date entirely au naturel. Think of it as Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," without the misery. Yet unlike the American version on VH1, which goes to great pains to obscure participants’ private parts (except when it doesn't), “Adam Recherche Eve” does show a bit more skin, something that did not sit well with regulators or some viewers.
In its first season, the show captured a respectable 828,000 viewers per episode on D8, a cable TV channel owned by the large French film and TV studio Canal+ Group, according to the French media measurement firm Médiamétrie. And while neither D8 nor Canal+ has indicated whether it intends to air a second season of the show, Friday's statement from the CSA effectively told the broadcaster to watch its step.
"Given that content and concept of the show combines seduction and pervasive nudity," the statement reads, "the Council requested channels, in the event that new episodes would be broadcast, to be especially vigilant about the risks that this program carry a more explicit sexual connotation which could justify a higher classification." Currently, "Adam Recherche Eve" is rated 12+, meaning it is deemed inappropriate for viewers younger than 12 years old.