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“I’ve always wanted to host a game show and this is the perfect one for me because it mixes what I already do, which is ask really personal questions,” says the television-executive-turned-celebrity, who used to head development at Bravo.
“It capitalizes on everything that I love to do — digging for personal details is something that I started doing with the Housewives many years ago.” Funny enough, Cohen says when he was in charge of programming at the NBCUniversal cabler, he tried to nab the “Love Connection” format for the net with plans for someone else to host, since he was in the midst of his executive days.
Fleiss added: “‘Love Connection’ was always one of my favorite programs.
Show creator Eric Lieber was a close friend of mine.
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it resurfaced in several syndicated versions (1973–1974 as The New Dating Game, 1978–1980, 1986–19–1999; repeats of the last version appeared in the 1999–2000 season.) For years it would almost always be aired in tandem with another Barris production, The Newlywed Game, which premiered on ABC the following year.
Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show.
It was in 1965 that Barris launched “The Dating Game,” which was an instant hit with numerous imitations.
The new one-hour series, based on the original game show that ran from 1983 to 1994, will feature single men and women in search of romance.
After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, alongside Cohen.
“I was a huge fan of the original ‘Love Connection,’ and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people’s personal lives,” said Cohen.
He grew up with show business aspirations and climbed upward — one menial job after another. He was also a songwriter, penning “Palisades Park,” which was turned into an uptempo hit in 1962 by Freddie Cannon.
Fox has greenlit a revival of “Love Connection,” which will be hosted by Andy Cohen.
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“I’m very true to myself on the show, so when there’s a hot guy on the show, I say, ‘Wow this guy is really hot,'” he adds, noting that a gay man would not have been tapped to host a national TV show back in the ’80s when Chuck Woolery emceed the original series.