UConn students and game show contestants Warisha, left, Annalise and Julia meet with a producer before several episodes featuring UConn students werre filmed Thursday at the Palace Theater in Waterbury.
"I got home from work last night and my wife suggested I come here today," said the good-natured Lenihan, a former West Hartford resident."But she didn't tell me that Annalise was a contestant."If you are expecting "Jerry Springer Show" shock value, don't.This game show is pretty tame compared to his more well-known confrontational and controversial show.When one contestant explained her baggage included the fact that she eats her hair, Springer commented that she would be a cheap date because you could take her to a barber shop instead of a restaurant for a celebratory meal.University of Connecticut junior Brian Eilers didn't care that Annalise Lenihan usually goes home from a bar with someone other than the guy she came with.And Lenihan didn't care that one of Eilers' ex-girlfriends successfully sued him for 0,000.
Because really, isn't there always baggage when it comes to relationships?And that was the bottom line as the two UConn juniors became the first Connecticut singles to become a couple courtesy of a new dating show hosted by tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer.The two are among several UConn students who are contestants on the new Game Show Network series "Baggage on the Road." The episodes are being taped Thursday and Friday at Waterbury's Palace Theater."I'm excited, it was fun," said a relieved looking Eilers minutes after he chose Annalise, and she, despite his "baggage,'' said 'yes' to a dinner-for-two date courtesy of the show and sealed the deal with a hug."I'm looking forward to going out with her," said Eilers, who hails from Simsbury and is an accomplished javelin thrower on UConn's track and field team.Contestants were chosen following a casting call, according to Jade Mills, a producer for the show.Tickets were also advertised for those who wanted to be part of the hyped-up audience Thursday.The audience included a mix of college age students, family, friends and the curious."I just saw the online ad offering tickets and decided to come down because I just love Jerry Springer," said Molly Pressman, who attends college in Bridgeport and admitted she cut a class to come to the taping.