GSN Orders 'Baggage' Dating Show Spinoff, Jerry Springer to Host
Putting a slight twist on the dating format with "Baggage on the Road"
Jerry Springer has another gig at GSN.
The cable network has greenlighted 20 episodes of Baggage on the Road, a spinoff of its dating game show, Baggage, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Springer, who hosted Baggage, will hit the road for the new series, which will launch in 2015. Springer will visit the first two cities of four, Austin and Baton Rouge, starting in October.
Baggage on the Road is a half-hour comedic dating game show where one contestant chooses from three potential partners, all of whom come with their own physical and emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the competition. Contestants will be required to reveal various intimate secrets and hidden flaws — housed inside suitcases — that typically are not revealed on a first date. Eventually, one suitor will win a date with the contestant — as long as they can accept the contestants' baggage in the final round.
Expanding the Baggage franchise for GSN was an easy call, as it is one of the network's most popular and highest-rated original shows. It is also the first GSN property to be nationally syndicated.
“It’s hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I’m continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been,” said Springer in a statement. “I’m looking forward to taking this show on the road and seeing how many fun but cringeworthy moments we get from people looking to find love.”
“With Baggage on the Road, GSN is taking production out of the big studio environment and bringing it directly to towns and cities across the U.S.,” added GSN’s executive vp programming Amy Introcaso-Davis. “Our original Baggage series remains extremely popular, and we are thrilled that the one and only Jerry Springer is back to guide us on this unpredictable tour as we uncover who has the most unexpected ‘baggage’ in your town.”
Baggage on the Road is produced by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List) is executive producer.
The new series joins GSN's growing slate of original programming, which includes Skin Wars, Idiotest, The American Bible Challenge and the recently renewed It Takes a Church and The Chase.