FOX is diving back into the dating reality-show pool — and into TV history a little — with a revival of “Love Connection.”
The network’s new take on the long-running dating show will premiere in the summer. “Watch What Happens Live” host and TV producer Andy Cohen will fill the seat most famously occupied by Chuck Woolery during the show’s original run.
The new version is executive produced by “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss, who says he learned a lot about producing televised romance from “Love Connection.”
“‘Love Connection’ was always one of my favorite programs,” Fleiss says in a statement. “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.”
Cohen adds that he was a “huge fan” of the original show. “Hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people’s personal lives,” he says.
The new “Love Connection” will follow the basic format of the original, with a single person going on three blind dates, then relaying his or her experiences in front of a studio audience. FOX also says the show will be “amp[ed] up” for present-day audiences, though just how remains to be seen.
FOX Entertainment president David Madden said Wednesday at the winter TV press tour that the show will feature both straight and gay couples.
The original “Love Connection” produced more than 2,000 episodes over 11 years with Woolery as host. A revival in the late ’90s with host Pat Bullard lasted just one season.