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Lifetime dating show Five Guys a Week is raising the age limit

Joyce McNally found love on a reality dating series, which isn’t that unusual in today’s world, except for one thing — the divorced Long Island mom happens to be in her 50s.

“Our age group isn’t what you typically see — I was very apprehensive about participating,” McNally, 55, told the Post of her experience on Lifetime’s “Five Guys a Week,” which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

A single woman in McNally’s age bracket might not be typical TV dating fodder, but the mother-of-one is far from single — nearly 30 percent of women and men ages 50 to 64 are single, according to a 2020 study by Pew Research.

McNally got married in 20 and divorced in 40. She has been single for 15 years. Now the president of a home care organization prepares for her close-up on the August 3 episode of “Five Guys,” in which she welcomes five men into her home for a week and chooses a favorite at the end. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff, except unlike “The Bachelor” or “Love Island,” McNally isn’t in her 20s or 30s, and the men aren’t trying to impress her either.

Long Island mom Joyce McNally, 55, meets her suitors on the Lifetime dating show "Five guys a week."
Long Island mom Joyce McNally, 55, meets her suitors on Lifetime dating show Five Guys a Week.
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McNally’s admirers on Five Guys include Ahrre, 62, a coffee magnate; Kevon, 62, a grandpa with a dragon tattoo; Steve, 45, a teacher/model; Ron, 51, a stock trader; and Bryant, 42, a gym owner. It’s a departure for the show to date, which typically featured more traditionally aged leads and male hopefuls.

This is also sort of a game changer for the reality dating show genre, which rarely engages in mature matchups; Today’s TV landscape is littered with shows like Love is Blind, The Ultimatum, and FBoy Island, all of which appear to be well under 35. McNally thinks that’s a shame.

“There’s a lot of people in their 40s, 50s, 60s who are divorced or unmarried that could relate to the experience,” she said. And though she hesitated – “I’m not the skinniest!” – it’s an experience she welcomed and one she hoped others in her situation could relate to.

Joyce McNally on Lifetime "Five guys a week."
After being single for 15 years, career woman Joyce McNally jumped at the opportunity to try a new way of dating.
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She was a little apprehensive about the reaction of the people who knew her best, but turns out it needn’t have been her.

“Most of my friends and family have been really supportive. You know I’m not great at dating,” McNally admitted. “My son is 25, he supported the process but wished it wasn’t so public. I don’t think anyone wants to see their mother kissing someone on TV!”

McNally says she turned to television after years of seeking love in other ways.

“I’m a career girl,” she admitted. “I travel a lot. I’ve been trying out the dating sites for a while, but once you’re there it’s really a full-time job. It’s a challenge with my schedule. It’s not proven to find the right person. When this opportunity arose, I was excited.”

The cast of Five Guys a Week Episode 4 dines outdoors in a plastic bubble shelter.
The show features the usual activities and challenges, but with a twist — not all contestants are under the age of 35.
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McNally noted that on standard first dates, everyone “brings their A-game,” so it can take a few months to get below the surface.

On the show, she has the men sleep on air mattresses in their guest rooms, with two guys per room sharing cramped quarters.

“When they moved into my house and lived with me for a week, all their guards relaxed,” she said. It was chaotic at times – but also very funny.

She also believes her age may have worked in her favour.

“I think life experience is an asset,” she said. “You learn what you are looking for.”

Ultimately, McNally found her Mr. Right, but the details are sealed ahead of the episode’s air date. Luckily, her partner lives nearby, allowing the hopeful couple to finally spend some alone time together.

Joyce McNally, 55
By the end of the episode, McNally has hooked up with a man who also lives in the New York area. the two are currently together.
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“It’s such an easy relationship,” she said of her mystery husband. “We’re not like ‘The Bachelor,’ where we rush to the courthouse to get married, but the relationship continues to blossom.”

“I never expected such a result,” admits McNally. “Who would have thought that at my age?”

https://nypost.com/2022/08/03/lifetime-dating-show-five-guys-a-week-raises-the-age-limit/ Lifetime dating show Five Guys a Week is raising the age limit

Emma Bowman

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