‘PSU Matchmaker’ Helps Students Find Love on TV
While many of us dream of someday having a Penn State Love Story, it’s difficult to find Prince Charming dancing in a packed fraternity house, sitting in a 300-person lecture, or walking down College Avenue. Finding “the one” is a daunting task for any college student, but Penn State Network Television wants to help with its new series, “PSU Matchmaker.”
According to Kelsie Johnson, the show’s producer, the series has been in the works since spring 2014 when two then-seniors took on the idea and created a pilot. When they graduated, Kelsie (a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic) was tasked with finding love for lonely Nittany Lions.
The show was inspired by Bravo’s hit series “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” in which Patti Stanger, owner of a Beverly Hills-based “Millionaire’s Club” dating service, sets up blind dates for wealthy, single individuals. While the PSNtv show does not feature one iconic “matchmaker” like Patty, the basic premise is the same. A bachelor or bachelorette is set up on three blind dates, and the crew films each encounter, as well as the participants’ reactions to each other in a separate interview. The bachelor then chooses which of the three bachelorettes (or, the bachelorette chooses which of the three bachelors) that he (or she) would like to see for a second date, off the air.
Realizing that millionaire students are not easy to come by, the producers tried their best to hunt down Penn State’s most coveted and eligible bachelors. The original idea was to incorporate our university’s version of celebrities: the Penn State athletes, specifically the football team. Jordan Lucas, a starting cornerback, was featured in the show’s pilot. Due to overwhelming student interest, however, the show now chooses any Penn State student looking for love to be featured as the “millionaire.”
Kelsie said that she has been contacted by an astounding number of interested bachelorettes who responded to her emails to the College of Communications and the flyers her team distributed in the HUB. She hopes that more male students will show interest in the show as time goes on.
In addition to airing the episodes on PSNtv’s YouTube channel, Kelsie hopes to plan speed dating events and date auctions to increase student involvement in PSNtv. Students can also follow the show’s progress on Facebook.
“My goal is to create awareness for the network and produce a fun show that any student can be a part of,” Kelsie said.” Our network represents and reflects our university, and everybody’s looking for love, right?”