Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
Meet Luke Conley, 26, of Santa Maria, Calif. He wasn't sure if he should participate in Fox's new reality dating show because he didn't think it would be possible to meet the kind of women he'd be interested in dating on reality TV. But a chat with his mother changed his mind.
"I asked her, 'What are the chances that I can meet a sincere woman on this show?' " he said. "And she said, 'I think your chances are good. You're an honest, sincere person and you're on the show, so why couldn't you meet a great girl?' She also shared with me that that it's going to be a difficult thing for a woman to put herself out there to be possibly rejected on national TV. That made me feel more comfortable with the sincerity of the girls coming on."
The Times spent two days on set, observing the production. The show premieres July 28.