Fox Is Reviving 'Love Connection' With 'Bachelor' Creator
By Philiana Ng
Love Connection is coming back to TV.
Fox is reviving the 1980s dating show, ordering an updated version from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, the network announced Wednesday at Television Critics Association press day. Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen will lead the new show.
The 15-episode, one-hour dating series promises “to amp up the original hit dating show for today’s audience.” It will premiere this summer.
Each episode 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 brings his personal brand of fun to the series.
“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,” Cohen said in a statement.
“Love Connection was always one of my favorite programs,” said Fleiss. “Show 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.”
Love Connection originally debuted in 1983 with Chuck Woolery as its host, running for over 2,100 episodes. It ended its run in 1999.