This past year, I had the good fortune of taking part in the pilot season of a reality television show called Love Connection, which aired on Finland’s national public broadcasting channel YLE TV2 through January. The show, consisting of twelve one-hour episodes, starred three Finnish-American bachelors seeking love among women applicants, while at the same time following their roots in Finland. Though the show only aired this past fall, my part in production started as early as January of 2013 and ended in late August of that same year. Along the way, I’ve made some fantastic new friends―both in the cast and crew―and learned quite a bit about the media, relationships, the shades of social cognition, and my own cultural ancestry.
Since its inception, Love Connection has garnered a “Kultainen Venla” nomination for best reality program in MTV’s televised gala, a short-list placement for the 2014 Formaatti-Finlandia award, a parody clip by comedy video series ToosaTV, and a decent amount of press spanning radio, web, newsprint, and consumer magazines. For more on the show, feel free to browse YLE’s promotional Facebook page, IMDb, as well as some select behind-the-scenes images posted below!