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Then years later, the format was pitched to him, but he couldn’t do it.
And then, again, the format floated by him and this time it worked — because “The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss and reality TV honcho Mike Darnell were on board.
“He really belongs with NBC because of Bravo,” Darnell shares, “but he wanted to do it so badly that he went all the way to the top to get permission.” Aside from Cohen’s flair, the show will feel a bit different to original viewers with the implementation of modern-day changes such as the splashy set, a 1-10 ratings scale, and a money prize where contestants choose love or money at the end of each episode.
Plus, in addition to having a gay host, the contestants are much more diverse than the flagship show with interracial couples, gay couples, straight couples, young couples, and elderly couples.
Despite all of the new additions, Fleiss and Darnell say the core of “Love Connection” is still there, especially due to the “he-said-she-said” element.
“When you’re talking to your girlfriends, you’re talking about your perception. That’s the magic.” “Love Connection” is coming at a time when the return of classic game shows seems to be the new TV trend with “0,000 Pyramid,” “Match Game,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Battle of the Network Stars,” and “The Gong Show” all at ABC and the upcoming “Joker’s Wild” hosted by Snoop Dogg at TBS.
But Fleiss says the revamped “Love Connection” is not a game show.
“Right now, in both scripted and unscripted, everyone is so ratings-challenged that if there’s a brand to it, it helps bring people there,” he explains.
In fact, Darnell says that he was looking at reviving “Love Connection” at Warner Bros., long before other networks began to greenlight game show reboots.
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“I’ve always wanted to host a game show and this is the perfect one for me because it mixes what I already do, which is ask really personal questions,” says the television-executive-turned-celebrity, who used to head development at Bravo.