Usually as far removed from “reality” as possible, “reality TV” is normally not my thing. Unconcerned with what bachelor gets the hot desperate single girl, how many Twinkies Kim Kardashian can stuff down to make her butt bigger or what average singer captures the American Idol crown, Diane and I prefer comedies or sporting events. Admitting to one guilty pleasure, we indulge in one exception to the rule with House Hunters International. Now in its 11th year with over 1,000 episodes, we’ve seen hundreds of people from all walks of life share their expat escapades. Once we began searching for an early retirement destination, it seemed reasonable to digest dozens of locations even if the story lines are sometimes a bit cheesy.
Recently we began contemplating what it might be like to profile our upcoming move to Malaysia using the MM2H Visa as an episode the show. Ironically, we were recently contacted by a casting producer based in London whose responsibilities include finding participants for upcoming episodes. After a wonderful phone conversation, she thought our story is probably a good fit and we agreed to stay in touch over the next few months. Asked not to reveal any specifics about the production, we can’t go into detail but can happily report that The Experimental Expats hope to make their television début (and grand finale) as cast members for an upcoming episode of House Hunters International. Looking for thoughts from my Facebook friends, I was overwhelmingly surprised at the amount of support so we’ve decided to share the news with all of you. Please stay tuned for more details.