Jerry Springer Hosts New Dating Game Show, 'Baggage'

Everyone brings baggage into a relationship-but only on GSN's new dating game show BAGGAGE do three contestants and one "dater" bring it all to the very first date!

World-famous talk show host Jerry Springer-a man who has seen plenty of baggage in his 19 years as host of "The Jerry Springer Show"-makes his GSN debut as host of BAGGAGE, revealing what people are willing to put up with in the name of finding love. BAGGAGE is a daily strip show airing Monday through Friday at 6:30 P.M. ET/PT, with 40 episodes running through June 11. BAGGAGE premieres on Monday, April 19 at 6:30 P.M. (ET/PT), only on GSN.

On each half-hour episode of BAGGAGE, Springer guides the fun as one dater chooses among three contestants who reveal the intimate secrets and hidden flaws that are typically kept under wraps to impress a first date. Each contestant enters with three suitcases-small, medium and large-containing the quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking "baggage" that may or may not eliminate the contestants from competition, to the accompaniment of the dater's tagline, "I'm sorry, but you have too much baggage."

Can the dater handle a woman who regularly consults psychics for life advice? A 40-year old man who still lives at home with mom? What if he or she is seriously in debt-or was previously an incorrigible shoplifter? With a lively pace and a playful sense of humor, BAGGAGE lifts the lid on the quirks and foibles we all share.

"As everyone knows, I have met a lot of people with a lot of baggage in the course of my career, but this may be the funniest and most honest approach to it that I've ever seen," says Springer. "One thing this show proves is that everyone, no matter how much baggage they have, has the potential to be a winner."

Each day's competition features two elimination rounds, as well as personal conversations led by Springer in which contestants defend their baggage and describe the positive attributes (charisma, chivalry, career success) that counterbalance their defects. Finally, when just one contestant remains, it's the dater's turn to reveal his or her own baggage (adultery? obsessions? body odor?)-and the contestant must decide whether it's a deal-breaker or a forgivable flaw.

Contestants range in age from their 20s to their 40s, with same-sex pairings getting the same consideration as straight contestants. The big question is: What's your baggage? Are you a practicing witch-but also a former cheerleader? Are you a control freak-with a great personality? Have you stalked your ex on Facebook-but do volunteer work with children? Can the dater see through the baggage to the human being inside?

-press release


After watching the show that aired on Thursday evening April 22, I find it sad to think that the contestant Nate was turned down as having "Too Much Baggage" because he is from a conservative christian family that believes in abstinence. I also grew up in that type family and I'm 33 and still looking for that type person.

I thought it was so sad to see Nate turned away because of something so great. I am turning 30 in sept and still a virgin. I think sex should be something between a married man and woman. I was also raised in a christain home and had morals set for us and that is what I still live by to this day. It makes it really hard due to looking for someone with the same beleifs. Most guys have no clue of what morals are these days. Man I sure hope there are more Nates out in this world.:)

"Baggage", with Nate as the contestant,was for the first time shown on danish television today. I fell in love with Nate right away.. I know that's a really a weird thing to say..!=D But in my eyes, he's just THE perfect guy..and such beautiful eyes.. I guess I'm just hoping Nate will read this..and contact me!:) A girl can only hope.. Anyway - I know God's will eventually will happen for both Nate, and me. For all I know, Nate's allready happily married..A guy like him won't walk alone for long <3<3<3
Kind Regards,
Svanhild Helland - 28 years from Norway

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