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Love Connection is an American television game show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, in which singles attempted to connect with a compatible partner of a different gender. The show debuted in syndication on September 19, 1983 and ended on July 1, 1994, after 2,120 shows. Reruns continued to air until September 8, 1995.[2] The series was relaunched for one season in 1998 under the same title with Pat Bullard as host. In 2017, the series returned on Fox with Andy Cohen hosting.

Love Connection
Love Connection logo 17.jpg
Genre Game show, Talk show
Created by Eric Lieber
Directed by Paul Miller, Deborah Miller, Tom McConnell[1]
Presented by Chuck Woolery (1983–1994)
Pat Bullard (1998–1999)
Andy Cohen (2017–)
Narrated by Rod Roddy (1983–1985, 1986)
Gene Wood (1985–1987)
Rich Jeffries (1987–1988)
Johnny Gilbert (1988–1989)
John Cervenka (1989–1994, 1998–1999)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 11 (1983–1994)
1 (1998–1999)
1 (2017–)
No. of episodes 2,120 (Original Series)
7 (Revived Series)
Total: 2,127
Production
Executive producer(s) Eric Lieber
Producer(s) Sid Marsh, Tom Weitzel, Louise Brooks, Tom McConnell, John Ryder[1]
Location(s) KTTV Metromedia Square
Hollywood, California
(1983–1984)
ABC Television Center
Hollywood, California
(1984–1987)
TAV Celebrity Theater
Hollywood, California
(1987–1991)
Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California
(1991–1994)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21-22 minutes
Production company(s) Eric Lieber Productions (1983–1994)
Distributor Telepictures
(1983–1986)
Lorimar-Telepictures
(1986–1989)
Lorimar Television
(1989–1990)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
(1990–1994)
Release
Original network Syndication
Fox (2017–)
Original release September 19, 1983 (1983-09-19) – July 1, 1994 (1994-07-01)
September 21, 1998 – June 25, 1999
May 25, 2017 – present
Website www.fox.com/love-connection

Love Connection was produced by Eric Lieber Productions in association with and distributed by Telepictures (1983–1986), Lorimar-Telepictures (1986–1989), Lorimar Television (1989–1990), and Warner Bros. Television (1990–1994).

Contents

FormatEdit

Love Connection's main premise was to arrange dates for couples. A guest appeared on the show after going on a date with one of three contestants, having chosen on the basis of the contestants' videotaped profiles. After the date, the televised appearance was scheduled.[1]

Love Connection tapings took place before a live studio audience. Woolery would introduce the guest and show excerpts from the three candidates' videos. The studio audience would then secretly vote on which candidate they preferred for the guest. (In the 1998-99 version, home viewers voted online and were included in the tally.) The guest then revealed whom he or she had actually dated, and the date joined the conversation from backstage via closed-circuit television camera. Woolery led the guest and date to discuss their time together. If they both agreed that the date had been successful, the couple would be reunited onstage; otherwise, the date's participation in the show ended. Woolery would then reveal the vote result; if the guest had had a successful date with the vote winner, Woolery would congratulate the couple for making a "love connection," and they would usually (but not always) accept the offered prize of a second date at the show's expense. After a successful date, the guest was always offered another date with that person; but if the vote winner was one of the other contestants, the guest could choose a date with the vote winner, regardless of the success of the first date. And if the guest had already unsuccessfully dated the audience pick, the guest could choose to go on a date with either of the other contestants. If a second date took place, the couple would be invited back for a second interview at a later taping. Usually, two or three segments aired per show. In a variation that aired on Fridays, a bachelor or bachelorette who had not yet chosen a date would make an appearance and allow the studio audience to make the choice for him or her, based on video excerpts. The couple would report back in the usual fashion several weeks later. If the couple hit it off, they were entitled to a second date at the show's expense. If not, the contestant could choose between the two losing candidates for the second date.

In the 2017 revival, the guest appeared on the show after having gone on a date with each of the three contestants, and all three were interviewed from backstage after the video intros and audience vote. This version added a segment where guests and contestants rated their first impressions of each other's looks on a scale of 1-10. After the interviews, the guest received an overnight date with the contestant of his or her choice; the guest also received a $10,000 prize if he or she chose to spend that date with the vote winner.

The great majority of contestants in the original series were in their twenties and had never been married. However, older never-married, widowed, and divorced (some multiple times) contestants were occasionally selected as well. The show paid the expenses incurred on the date, plus $75 for incidentals.[3] The incidental amount was increased to $100 for the 1998-1999 revival. In the 2017 revival, contestants were given $500 for each date.

LegacyEdit

The show was one of the biggest game show hits of the 1980s and early 1990s, and helped revive Chuck Woolery's hosting career. At 11 seasons and 2,120 episodes, it was one of the longest lasting game shows in syndication. For many years it was third behind Merv Griffin's Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune (formerly hosted by Woolery) for longest lasting game show in syndication, but since has been surpassed by Family Feud and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Coincidentally, the show premiered on the same date (September 19) that Woolery's former show, Wheel of Fortune, debuted its syndicated edition in 1983.

As of 1993, among the couples who met on the show, there were a total of 29 marriages, 8 engagements, and 15 children, according to Woolery.[4]

A year later, in a Daily Variety Magazine trade ad promoting the end of the original shows' run after 11 seasons, it was stated that there were 35,478 taped interviews, 2,120 Shows, 31 Marriages, and 20 babies.[5]

"Two and two"Edit

Woolery created his trademark phrase, "two and two" on Love Connection (and simultaneously on Scrabble, the daytime game show he hosted on NBC during the same period).[6] The line referred to the fact that the program would return in two minutes and two seconds, the total length of a standard commercial break at the time, including the fade-out and fade-ins bookending each break.

SyndicationEdit

The Chuck Woolery episodes were rerun on the USA Network from October 16, 1995[7] to June 6, 1997[8] and on the Game Show Network from January 6, 2003[9] to July 18, 2008.[10] Beginning November 9, 2009, the Woolery episodes returned to GSN's weekday lineup but have since been removed.[11] The Pat Bullard version has not been aired since its cancellation.

RevivalsEdit

In 2015, a remake of the show was in development by Warner Brothers for a shot in 2016 with comedian Loni Love as host, but those plans fell through.[12][13]

On January 11, 2017, Fox announced plans to revive the series for spring 2017, with Andy Cohen serving as host.[14] The reboot premiered at 9:00 pm ET on May 25, 2017.

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "Don't Go Bacon My Heart" May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25) 1.1/4 3.29 [15]
2 "Rowdy With A Chance of Meatballs" June 1, 2017 (2017-06-01) 0.9/3 2.87 [16]
3 "Brace Yourself For Love" June 8, 2017 (2017-06-08) 0.8/3 2.53 [17]
4 "Putting an Earring on It" June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) 0.9/4 2.87 [18]
5 "Beauty and the Geek" June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29) 0.7/3 2.41 [19]
6 "Singer Stinger" July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13) 0.6/3 2.35 [20]
7 "Grits Me Baby One More Time!" July 20, 2017 (2017-07-20) 0.7/3 2.59 [21]
8 "Evan 'n Hell" July 27, 2017 (2017-07-27) TBA TBA TBA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Schwartz, David; Ryan, Steve; Wostbrock, Fred (1999). The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows (3 ed.). Facts on File, Inc. p. 130. ISBN 0-8160-3846-5. 
  2. ^ The Intelligencer - September 8, 1995
  3. ^ mentioned on a 1985 episode re-aired on GSN
  4. ^ Meyers, Kate (1993-02-12). "Valentine's Connection". ew.com. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  5. ^ Daily Variety Magazine; June 21, 1994; Page 25
  6. ^ "GSN Brings the Love Early With a Three-Hour, Pre-Valentine's Day 'LOVE CONNECTION'". reuters.com. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  7. ^ The Intelligencer - October 16, 1995
  8. ^ The Post Standard - June 6, 1997
  9. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-95494136.html
  10. ^ GSN Schedule PDFs - July 14–20, 2008
  11. ^ GSN Schedule PDFs - November 16–22, 2009
  12. ^ "Syndicators Busy With Shows For Next Fall (Love Connection is mentioned in the article)". tvnewscheck.com. 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  13. ^ "Get Ready For A New 'Love Connection'". tvnewscheck.com. 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  14. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (January 11, 2017). "Fox Reviving Love Connection Dating Show With Host Andy Cohen". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  15. ^ Porter, Rick (May 26, 2017). "‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (June 5, 2017). "‘Amazing Race’ finale and ‘Love Connection’ adjust up, plus final NBA numbers: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (June 9, 2017). "Stanley Cup and ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ rerun adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 10, 2017. 
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (June 23, 2017). "‘Hollywood Game Night’ and ‘The Wall’ adjust up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 23, 2017. 
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (June 30, 2017). "‘Supernatural’ rerun adjusts down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (July 14, 2017). "‘America’s Got Talent’ adjusts up: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ Porter, Rick (July 21, 2017). "’Big Brother’ adjusts up, ‘Hollywood Game Night’ and ‘Zoo’ adjust down: Thursday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 

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