Major reality-TV news: The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, unscripted guru Mike Darnell, and Bravo host Andy Cohen — a reality-TV axis of awesome — are joining forces to reboot the iconic 1980s dating game show Love Connection for Fox.
The network Wednesday announced it has ordered 15 hour-long episodes of the new Love and plans to air them this summer, with Cohen taking over the on-air hosting role originally played by Chuck Woolery.
The series predated the modern reality-TV revolution, updating another classic relationship game show — The Dating Game — by letting singles speak frankly about their experiences in a way past TV shows hadn’t allowed.
In many ways, the show would pave the way for Fleiss’s own evolution of the format a decade later with The Bachelor.
Follow the series on Twitter @loveconnection and join the discussion using #Love Connection.
Dating game shows are television game shows that incorporate a dating system in the form of a game with clear rules.
Human matchmaking is involved only in selecting the game's contestants, who are usually selected more for the amusement value than any concern for their happiness or compatibility.
“Andy Cohen is a phenomenal host, not only because he has brought so much fun to the show but also because he truly wants these participants to find love, and that genuine level of interest enables him to elicit both touching and hilariously awkward dating moments from them,” said Wade.
“I’d also like to thank Mike Darnell and Mike Fleiss, who, along with Andy, have helped redefine this show.” “This show fits like a glove and I can’t wait to make more love connections,” said Cohen.