Canada's 'Hooked Up' reality dating series to premiere February 17
By Reality TV World staff, 12/02/2003
For all the Canadians who've been saying "I wish we had our own skanky Temptation Island/Paradise Hotel-type show," their wait is officially over.
Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd, the producer of the hit Canadian TV series Popstars, and Alberta-based Nomadic Pictures will premiere Hooked Up, a brand new lifestyle series about "the quest for love," on Tuesday, February 17 at 10 PM (Valentine's Day) on the Craig Media network. Unfortunately for American viewers looking for a trashy guilty pleasure fix while waiting for Paradise Hotel 2 to return in Summer 2004, according to Long Eagle reps, a state-side broadcast deal (a la last year's No Boundaries The WB broadcast) has not yet been signed.
Hooked Up is a one-hour six-episode series that whisks 10 gorgeous women and 10 handsome men off on a journey to find their perfect mate. The show invites viewers to witness the "rocky road of love, betrayal and intimate affairs" in an unscripted and unpredictably wild series as 20 singles set a course for true love on a multi-week adventure in Canada’s Rocky Mountains. In the mountains, the charismatic men and women finally meet with the hope of making that “special” connection. They are, however, faced with the prospect that anything goes in the game of love.
Hooked Up introduces the group to an adventure of a lifetime that will force the singles to make gut-wrenching decisions. From speed dating to intimate evenings alone in back country lodges, the relationships become more complicated as the singles start to make strong emotional connections.
The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for Hooked Up with great dating locales and breathtaking outdoor activities. Wild, romantic and adventure-filled days are the ingredients for great “one on one” time that allows cast members to experience love, lust, desire and heartbreak.
“Desire, heartbreak and envy are the buzzwords for Hooked Up and they are sure to peak the interest of Canadian viewers,” according to Geddes, who is Executive Producer and creator of the series. “Viewers can fully expect to see this hot new Canadian series sizzle on the airwaves. We are thrilled to be working with all of the A-Channel stations and Craig Media’s recently launched TORONTO 1 and a series that will be an exciting new 'Canadian-born' international format.
Michael Taylor, Vice-President of Programming for Craig Media, says: “In keeping with Craig Media’s commitment to bring strong original Canadian programming to television audiences, Hooked Up offers the complete package. It is the first of several unique original programs we are developing.”
“Hooked Up is love, lust, deception and desire all played against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains…” says Mike Frislev, Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures. “ It was great working with Lone Eagle and Craig Media to create something fun and fresh for the TV audience.” says Chad Oakes, Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures.
The sexy and captivating series began principal photography on September 7th 2003 in Alberta. The series will air on Craig Media’s A-Channel stations and the new TORONTO 1.
Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd. is an independent production company based in Toronto, Canada. The company was founded in 1994 by Michael Geddes to create and produce highly rated market driven television programming. Lone Eagle has produced the smash hit series “Popstars”, the #1 rated Canadian show and “Supermodels” in association with Ford Models, N.Y.
Craig Media Inc. is Canada's largest privately held television broadcasting company with a history of more than 50 years in the Canadian broadcast industry. Holdings of Craig Media Inc. include TORONTO 1, A-Channel Edmonton, A-Channel Calgary, A-Channel Manitoba, CKX TV Brandon, Digital channels MTV Canada, MTV2, TVLand and Stampede.
Nomadic Pictures Corp. is a Calgary based production company which has specialized in feature films and cable features. Founded in 1996 by Michael Frislev and Chad Oakes Nomadic Pictures has produced such features as “Hugo Pool” starring Sean Penn and Robert Downey Jr. and “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie” starring Gena Rowlands, Kevin Zegers and James Caan.