By LYNN ELBER
AP Television Writer
LOS ANGELES — Jerry Springer is reinventing himself again, this time as host of a dating game series.
‘Baggage,’ debuting next month on the Game Show Network, gives three contestants the chance to win the eye of a prospective date. The hitch: Contestants have to reveal their faults and foibles.
Players will carry suitcases onstage to represent the baggage they’ll confess to and defend, GSN said Tuesday. Among the planned suitors: a shoplifter, a woman who gets advice from psychics and a control freak.
Springer called ‘Baggage’ a family friendly show that’s “just fun and lighthearted. There’s no life-changing issues.”
“I’m like the crazy old uncle,” he said. “People feel comfortable telling me their secrets, that I won’t be judgmental.”
After the three contestants are pared down to one, the potential date must own up to a fault of his or her own.
Springer, 66, whose varied credits include his long-running talk show, ‘The Jerry Springer Show,’ as well as ‘America’s Got Talent,’ ‘Dancing With the Stars‘ and a Broadway turn last year in the musical ‘Chicago,’ was to begin taping ‘Baggage’ this week.
“I just keep finding jobs,” said Springer. “I’m really lucky and I know that. … Being a host is what I’m comfortable doing. I’ve been doing it forever, joking around with guests, having fun.”
The half-hour series debuts April 19. It will air at 6:30 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.
Prepare for ‘Baggage’ by watching an episode of ‘The Jerry Springer Show’: “Marriage, Hillbilly Style”: