The audience sees only the game; an important feature of all dating game shows is that the contestants have little or no previous knowledge of each other, and are exposed to each other only through the game, which may include viewing a photograph or at least knowing the basic criteria for participation (typically participants are not already married).
There have been a number of dating shows aired on television over the years, using a variety of formats and rules.
As the genre progressed, the format developed towards a reality-style show and more into a relationship show then simply finding a mate.
“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 announcing the reboot.
The original Love Connection ran for 11 seasons, launching as a syndicated late-night show in 1983 and signing off in 1994 after more than 2,000 half-hour episodes.
It’s before noon on a weekday in late March, and Andy Cohen walks out onto a massive set with possibly the most dramatic entrance ever. ” the voiceover shouts, as the TV personality is unveiled from giant bridge that lowers as he graces the lit-up stage.
Though the environment is familiar to Cohen with a live audience and a cushy couch for conversation with guests, this is not “Watch What Happens Live.” Rather, the Bravo personality is taping an episode of “Love Connection,” the revival of the dating game show, which premieres Thursday night on Fox.