One of the most iconic dating shows of the 1980s will receive a 21st-century reboot with Fox announcing the network plans to reboot “Love Connection”.
The announcement came Wednesday morning during Fox’s portion of the TV Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, with Fox Entertainment President David Madden revealing this new iteration of the dating show — originally hosted by Chuck Woolery — will also feature same-sex couples.
This new reboot comes from Mike Fleiss (creator of “The Bachelor”) and Mike Darnell, Fox’s former reality guru, who shepherded such hits as “American Idol” during his tenure with the network.
“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,” said Cohen in a statement.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network television,” said Darnell. “The combination of the insanely talented Andy Cohen and the undisputed king of relationship shows Mike Fleiss is absolute magic… add in the perfect home of Fox… and I think we have a match made in heaven.”
Added Fleiss: “‘Love Connection’ was always one of my favourite programs. 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.”
The new version of “Love Connection” is expected to debut in summer 2017.