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'The Hook Up' Premieres On MTV

Yeo Jin Lee |
October 16, 2013 | 3:48 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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Ever seen a dating television show where the contestant who picks the winner ends up alone or the winner ditches the contestant? MTV's “The Hook Up” does just that and puts a spin on reality dating.

This new show features people in their early to mid-20s. It resembles the shows like "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," but with a twist. The show involves one contestant, four candidates, and rounds of games. The contestant narrows down the candidates until he/she has finally chosen one winner. However, at the end of the show, the tables turn and the winner may not end up with a happily ever after.

The first episode’s contestant was Molly, a waitress from Huntsville, Ala. Molly will choose a winner among four other candidates for a date night in Hollywood. 

The half-hour show is hosted by Andrew Schulz, from the show “Girl Code” and “Guy Code.” 

The candidates’ faces are not shown at first, but their voices are heard as they talk about themselves. Molly and the audience see pictures of what the candidates look like according to what they posted on their social media. Potential risk of Molly getting cat fished. The candidates were not that interesting either. They seemed to be very laid back with no ambition. 

There are three rounds in which the candidates go through and after each round one person is booted off. Round 1 involves the candidates talking about themselves without their faces shown.  Round 2 involves the candidates’ dating secrets to be revealed through their statuses on Facebook, tweets, photos, and videos, exposing their true selves through their online image. Again, another person would not be moving up to the final round. The final round is when two candidates go head-to-head to be the winner. In the final round, the contestant, in this case, Molly, meets with them face-to-face. Molly then decides who she would like to choose.

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There is a twist to this end of the show. Tables are turned when Molly’s dirty secrets are exposed to the winning candidate. The winner has the chance to accept Molly and her secrets or to ditch her and choose an alternative prize.

This show was nothing you would expect. The show’s title, “The Hook Up,” is not based on the show’s concept. The winner gets to go on a date with Molly, not hit the hotels and actually hook up. Even if things got heated and they were to take it to the next level, actually hooking up, the show may or may not show the audience of it.

MTV has produced some good shows in the past and still to this date, have a couple of shows that are enjoyable to watch. However, I did not enjoy this show.  “The Hook Up” was honestly hard for me to sit through because I assumed that it would have been more interesting. Instead, it was monotonous, like any other dating shows out there.

Monday was the premiere of the show and I thought it should have blown people’s minds, not keep them from wanting to switch the channel. However, there are more episodes to come and maybe as it starts to pick up, the show will too.

“The Hook Up” is on MTV weekdays at 6/5c. If you missed the premiere, you can watch it here.

Reach Staff Reporter Yeo Jin Lee here.



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