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Rob Riggle joins comedy show 'World Series Of Dating' on BBC Three

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US comedian Rob Riggle has joined BBC Three's new dating show World Series Of Dating.

The eight-part series, which mixes reality television and scripted comedy and borrows conventions from the world of sport, focuses on women meeting men for first dates.

Once the women have met the men they can choose to buzz them out of the game, before discussing with a referee whether the man should get a warning or be replaced by another contestant.

Riggle has signed up to play American commentator and "legendary dater" Doyle MacManus, while his British counterpart James Chetwynd-Talbot - who is described as nervous and unlucky in love - will be played by Torchwood's Tom Price.

Bentley Kalu will star in the show as the referee, while Balls of Steel's Thaila Zucchi will appear as a touchline reporter who interviews the unlucky contestants.

Riggle has appeared in Saturday Night Live and Gary Unmarried and his movie credits include The Hangover and The Other Guys.

BBC Three's executive editor of entertainment commissioning Alan Tyler said: "It's dating, it's sport, it's comedy and we are delighted to have such a 'prestigious' tournament showcased on BBC Three.

"It's a huge bonus to have Doyle MacManus and James Chetwynd-Talbot on board to provide the kind of sensitive commentary that is a perfect companion to that tricky and unforgiving first date moment."

World Series Of Dating will be filmed in Glasgow and is due to air on BBC Three from March.

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