Dating shows have long been a staple of television network schedules: In the 1970s, viewers across the country tuned into “The Dating Game” to watch a bachelor or bachelorette from three anonymous suitors. In the 1980s, Chuck Woolery hosted “Love Connection,” a show that offered the audience the opportunity to pick the lucky contestant’s perfect match and send them on a memorable date.
More recently, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” rode the popularity of reality competition programs, pitting contestants against each other to vie for the affections—and a coveted rose—from their stunning suitor. Those hit francises inspired other series, including Logo’s recent gay entry into the genre, “Finding Prince Charming.”
On May 25, Fox will premiere an updated version of “Love Connection,” hosted by Andy Cohen, star of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens” and one of the masterminds behind the “Real Housewives” phenomenon and dozens of other hit shows.
Each hour of the series 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, with
Cohen egging them on.
Fox Entertainment president David Madden confirmed that the reboot will feature “all versions of couples,” including same-sex pairings.
We’d like to land a date with the chipper Cohen, but sadly hear he’s off the market.
“Love Connection,” hosted by Andy Cohen premieres on May 25 on Fox. Check local listings for channels and show times.
“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.” – Andy Cohen