Would there be a "fantasy suite option" in the proposed Christian-themed, "Bachelorette-style" reality TV show being shopped to networks by publicist Casimir Spencer? Spencer issued a Los Angeles-based news release Friday (April 1) indicating her concept of a future show would emphasize participants who are family- and faith-friendly.
The 33-year-old veteran publicist posted an editorial on inspirational faith site Beliefnet after watching "The Bachelor: Women Tell All" reunion show.
"Where's the Christian version of the Bachelorette? Church girls need love too," wrote Spencer. "A sweet, chic, and attractive Christian bachelorette is what's missing from the TV dating game."
After Spencer recently was vocal about the need for a Christian version of the popular Bachelorette/Bacheolor reality show, she received a volume of support on social media from potential viewers who want the show as well.
She said she was taken aback by the response she received from people who read her editorial. "After a few days, I started to get a flurry of retweets and reposts via social media from all over the country, as well as supporters abroad. It's been very exciting to see that others share my desire to see faith-based romance on television."
While a publicist at a Los Angeles faith-based public relations firm, Spencer worked on the first season of the Game Show Network's, "It Takes A Church."
She said she envisions a "modern and relatable show with a Christian twist" for some sort of Christian dating reality show.
"Although it will be set with the premise of faith, one will often forget they're watching a faith-specific show. It will be inspirational and positive programming above all else. A show for the family as well as singles," she said.
Spencer said with 70.6 percent of Americans identifying as Christian, according to Pew Research, she believes a show such as this would go over well with faith audiences. "Watching relationships develop is a favorite to church-goers, and seeing a show that is fashioned specifically for faith and family audiences would be phenomenal for viewers."
And, of course the never-been-married Spencer volunteered to be the first Christian Bachelorette for the proposed show. "I'm a gal who likes the jocks, geeks, chics and elites but, they have to be the Christian version of said specimen. And let's face it, I'm not running into quality Christian guys on my run to the store or the gas station. The last guy that approached me while grocery shopping, followed me to my car and asked me for my number so he could Google it to get my information. When I declined, he replied, 'But I can still Google your license plate!' Creepy, huh? But true story."
She said meeting people in clubs or online dating options aren't comfortable for her, either, even the Christian-based ones.
Instead of handing out roses, Spencer kids that she can hand out purity rings on her version of a dating show. She said the point is to give those who can relate to the experience and culture of Christian dating an opportunity to see themselves in TV land. She said she also wants to communicate that Christians have just as hard a time making the way through the dating scene as others do.
"While some may think there are plenty of Cherubims in Christian dating land, we also have a healthy population of jerks and 'jerkettes' out in the land of dating 'milk and honey.' Just ask any church counseling ministry," said Spencer.
"A Christian Bachelorette would be a great addition to American television and yet another topic for us all to unite together on."