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Posted on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 9:44 a.m.

New dating show 'Eastern Hookup' helps spark young love at Eastern Michigan University

By Kellie Woodhouse

Finding love in college doesn't have to mean stolen glances at the computer lab or missives shouted over the blaring radio at a house party or even accidental collisions at Rick's.

Now that Eastern Michigan University students have harkened back to the 1960s and paid homage to the illustrious "Dating Game" television show, students can get struck by Cupid's arrow the old-fashioned way: blind dating on TV.

College TV, that is.

EMU students have begun taping episodes of "The Eastern Hookup," an EMU television show where one able-bodied college student interviews three possible dates without seeing them. In the end, the bachelor or bachelorette chooses one contestant, and after she or he is revealed they go on a date.

It's so romantic, right?

“Dating is tough, especially in a world that can seem loveless at times,” student Alex Nelson, the show's producer, told EMU's student newspaper the Eastern Echo in article that appeared Feb. 27. Nelson says he wants to ignite "that spark" (you know, that feeling when weak knees, fluttering butterflies and a rush of college hormones collide) because "everybody deserves a chance to find love."

You can view the show on EMU Television's Youtube channel. It appears that this academic year there have been two episodes, one in October and the other in November.

What kind of dating questions can you expect as students look for that special spark? "Tell me something that is very appealing in a partner?" "Are you a virgin?" "What food would you order for me on a date?"

Ah, college.

Read the full story from the Eastern Echo

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Sat, Mar 2, 2013 : 12:18 a.m.

And we all know what "hookup" means, right?


Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 7:03 p.m.

Congratulations to the host and other participants. Nice effort. Well presented and better than the average shows that I may watch on TV.

Anthony Clark

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

Cool idea. I like that it is student produced. Love the retro feel too. I'd be interested if I was single and still a student at Eastern.

Kelly G

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 : 3:19 p.m.

Wow! Cheese-to-the-MAX .. With my blurry, glasses-corrected vision I could have swore that was Robert Pattinson from the Hollywood blockbuster movie Twilight .