Fox is following ABC’s lead by rebooting nostalgic game shows, ordering 15 episodes of Love Connection. It will be hosted by Andy Cohen and produced by Mike Fleiss, creator of The Bachelor. The show will have both straight and gay couples, according to Fox entertainment president David Madden.
Moments ago, he also said at TCA that producers “came to us with the idea of reviving Love Connection,” and “we’re still early in the process of figuring out the exact creative.” The original series was hosted by Chuck Woolery and aired from 1983 to 1994.
The press release describes it this way:
“Each hour of Love Connection will feature single men and/or 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, as Cohen, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.”
Madden said that Fox was attracted to the idea that “Andy being able to interact with the people who are in that dating process, having that comedic commentary.” (In the press release, Cohen said, “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.”)
Madden also said “we think that the show will have a game element and a contest element” and have “a lot of fun in it,” plus “commentary on where dating is in 2017.”
Asked about Fleiss’ involvement and whether not it would be “raunchy,” Madden said, “I don’t think the show will be raunchy.”
In the press release, Fleiss says that “Love Connection was always one of my favorite programs” and “creator Eric Lieber was a close friend of mine. He taught me a lot about the relationship show format. The first rule—if the cast is good, just stay out of the way.”
Staying out of the way? Maybe try that for The Bachelor some time.