Suffering the fallout of a big break up? TV3 want to help with new series Heartbreak Hotel
TV3 is splashing the cash for the autumn/winter season as it gears up to make a new show about lovelorn singletons.
The station has commissioned a reality programme called Heartbreak Hotel which will aim to help anyone devastated by a recent break-up to move on to pastures new.
The channel put out a casting call looking for suitable singletons who may be interested in taking part and having their heart healed in front of the nation.
"They're looking for people who have gone through a heartbreak recently, or in the past, that would be willing to spend a weekend on the Heartbreak Hotel retreat," said a source.
"This new TV show will bring people who are recovering from a break-up away for a weekend when they will be guided and assisted through the different stages of recovering from a broken heart.
"It aims to help them go from barely surviving to thriving and able to move on with their life post-break-up."
A joint project by Midas productions and Waka TV, which also makes Vogue Williams' documentaries for RTE, the show is expected to start filming later in the summer.
TV3 is also pushing ahead with plans for a new crime drama called Darklands, which it hopes will replicate the success of RTE's smash hit Love/Hate.
A six-part TV series being made by Parallel Films, the project was recently awarded €500,000 by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Expected to air next spring, it's being written by Adam Coates and Mark O'Connor, but there's no word yet as to who will take on the leading roles.
A total of €5.5m was allocated in the recent round of the Sound and Vision scheme, which is the main part of the Broadcast Fund that receives 7pc of the money collected through the licence fee each year.