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CBS Orders Competition Series ‘The World’s Best’ From Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell

CBS Orders Competition Series ‘The World’s Best’ From Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
CBS has ordered a new competition series from executive producers Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell, the network announced Wednesday.

Titled “The World’s Best,” the series will feature acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet. They not only have to impress American judges, but will also need to break through the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 of the world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment. Only one act will ultimately be crowned The World’s Best.

“This is a unique, original format with global scale led by two of the most accomplished producers on television,” said Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS. “Mike and Mark are not only the very top producers in the genre, but they also understand how to create compelling competition and build enduring franchises.”

Burnett and Darnell are, in addition to renowned reality series producers, the presidents
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Love Connection: Season One Ratings

The original Love Connection TV show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, ran for 11 years in syndication. Now The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss has rebooted the dating game series for Fox and installed Bravo's Andy Cohen as host. Can they rekindle the magic, all these years later? Will Love Connection be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Each episode of Love Connection features single people searching for love and romance. The Fox program includes the participants or “Singles” explaining to Cohen what they want in a potential “Match,” and why they have had a hard time finding someone, so far. The Single and each potential Match also discuss their dates. Eventually, the Single chooses one to take along on a romantic getaway. In the end, if the Single chooses the same person the audience selected, he or she will
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Love Connection: Season Two Renewal for Fox Game Show

Don't tell Bravo, but Andy Cohen has made a real connection with another network. Fox has renewed his primetime Love Connection TV show for a second season.Hosted by Chuck Woolery, the original Love Connection TV show ran in syndication from 1983 to 1994. In 2017, The Bachelor‘s Mike Fleiss has revived the unscripted dating game show series for Fox, with Cohen hosting. Read More…
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'Love Connection' Contestant Has Surprising, Decades-Long History With the Show

'Love Connection' Contestant Has Surprising, Decades-Long History With the Show
It's a second-generation Love Connection!

On Thursday night's episode of Love Connection, hosted by Andy Cohen, a young woman looking for love has a special surprise: Kenedi Smith's parents met on the original Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery, back in 1992. Their meeting resulted in a "fairytale romance" and a marriage of 23 years!

Now the question is, can Kenedi find a relationship like the one her parents forged, and in the same way they did? Her mom and dad will even be in the audience.

The 22-year-old lives in California and says she was "little" when she first saw her parents' episode. "I always said, 'I want that!' I want to find love," she says. "It's hysterical, because now I actually get the chance!"

Exclusive: Ramona Singer Takes on Love Connection: Why Andy Cohen was 'Blown Away'

And there's one more way that Kenedi is following in her parents' footsteps: when her mom
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Love Connection: Season One Ratings

The original Love Connection TV show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, ran for 11 years in syndication. Now The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss has rebooted the dating game series for Fox and installed Bravo's Andy Cohen as host. Can they rekindle the magic, all these years later? Will Love Connection be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned. Each episode of Love Connection features single people searching for love and romance. The Fox program includes the participants or “Singles” explaining to Cohen what they want in a potential “Match,” and why they have had a hard time finding someone, so far. The Single and each potential Match also discuss their dates. Eventually, the Single chooses one to take along on a romantic getaway. In the end, if the Single chooses the same person the audience selected, he or she will
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Love Connection

Network: Fox. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: May 25, 2017 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Andy Cohen. TV show description: The original Love Connection TV show, hosted by Chuck Woolery, ran in syndication from 1983 to 1994. Now, The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss has revived the unscripted dating game show series for Fox, with Andy Cohen hosting. Read More…
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Fox Heats Up Summer With ‘Love Connection’ Revival for Modern Daters With Host Andy Cohen

Fox Heats Up Summer With ‘Love Connection’ Revival for Modern Daters With Host Andy Cohen
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. “Here’s your host, Andy Cohen!” 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.

Love Connection” shot over a period of about one week, bringing the New York-based Cohen to Los Angeles to do what he does best: prod into people’s personal lives.

Within minutes of introducing the second contestant — whom Cohen dubbed “buff Jesus,” thanks to his large stature and long mane of silky hair — the host
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Love Connection Flashback: 5 Totally '80s Dates From the Classic Show

Love Connection Flashback: 5 Totally '80s Dates From the Classic Show
True love never fades… and neither do old Love Connection clips.

With Fox rebooting the classic dating show this week, we thought we’d dig into the archives to find a few memorable dates from the 1983-94 Chuck Woolery original. And three decades later, it’s still a fascinating watch. The hair! The clothes! The outdated social norms!

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Read on for five dates — some good, some horrible — that capture the kitschy, corny charm of Love Connection at its very best.

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Love Connection Review: Andy Cohen Can't Save Fox's Awkward Reboot

Love Connection Review: Andy Cohen Can't Save Fox's Awkward Reboot
Being a loving connoisseur of ’80s cheese, my heart leapt at the news that Fox was rebooting the old-school dating show Love Connection. But alas, some things are better left in the past. The new reboot — debuting this Thursday at 9/8c — turns out to be the TV equivalent of a hot-pink leotard stuffed full of floppy disks.

The original Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery, is a charming relic of the video-dating era, with singles choosing a date from three options and reporting back to Woolery how it went. It’s corny and hopelessly dated… but that’s part of the fun.
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Tribeca 2017: Chuck

Jason Adams reporting from Tribeca...

Liev Schreiber as "Chuck"

If you just plunked the name “Chuck Wepner” down in front of me and asked me to say what it made me think of I’d say that “Chuck Wepner” sounds like an anagram of vintage TV Personalities – Chuck Woolery from The Love Connection meets Judge Wapner of The People’s Court. And while that might not be the truth so help me god there is a bit of Werner Herzog’s “ecstatic truth” to it – Chuck Wepner is one Vintage Personality...
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Love Connection Sneak Peek: Watch Andy Cohen Push Daters for Details

Love Connection Sneak Peek: Watch Andy Cohen Push Daters for Details
Tired of being single? Well, maybe Andy Cohen can help you find love — in front of a live studio audience.

Fox is bringing back the classic dating show Love Connection this summer, and we get our first good look at the reboot (premiering Thursday, May 25) in the just-released preview above. We’re clearly a long way away from the ’80s Chuck Woolery-hosted original; the new Love Connection is filmed on a futuristic Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-esque set, with new host Cohen matching up singles using a giant video screen. (No chintzy “click-click-click” sound effects here!)

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‘Love Connection’: First Look At Fox’s Andy Cohen-Hosted Dating Show Revival

The original Love Connection might have been, for better or worse, ahead of its time. When that Chuck Woolery-hosted show debuted in 1983, “reality television” as we knew it was defined by Real People and That’s Incredible! rather than, say, The Bachelor or Big Brother. Flash-forward to the Trump era, and Fox has revived the old date-and-tell format with a host who can’t possibly be shocked by anything today’s contestants might say: Real Housewives producer and Bravo host…
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This 80’s New Zealand Dating Show is Comedic Genius

Dating shows have evolved quite a bit since the 60s and 70s. You had your “Newlywed Game” type shows back in the day. You had your “Love Connection” show with Chuck Woolery. That was a classic. Then you had your “Blind Dates” and “Studs” of the world. Today dating shows come more in the form of reality shows like The Bachelor or even anything on MTV. Even Catfish could be considered a dating show if we’re going by technicalities. But in the in history of dating shows I think the “Dating Game” format was always the best. This is where

This 80’s New Zealand Dating Show is Comedic Genius
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Love Connection: Fox Revives Relationship Game Show for Summer 2017

On the old Love Connection TV show, host Chuck Woolery used to lead into commercials by saying that the show would return "in two and two" (two minutes and two seconds). Well, commercial breaks are longer than that these days and it's been an even longer time since we've seen Love Connection on the airwaves. has announced that they're bringing Love Connection back. Andy Cohen (from Bravo's Watch What Happens Live) will be the show's host and the network has ordered 15 episodes. They'll begin airing Summer 2017.Here's the press release:Emmy Award Winner Andy Cohen To Host Revival Of Iconic Relationship Show "Love Connection," Premiering In Summer 2017 On FoxRelationship Show Guru Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor") to Executive-Produce; Cohen to Serve as Co-Executive ProducerEmmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy
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Fox Is Reviving 'Love Connection' With 'Bachelor' Creator

Fox Is Reviving 'Love Connection' With 'Bachelor' Creator
Love Connection is coming back to TV.

Fox is reviving the 1980s dating show, ordering an updated version from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, the network announced Wednesday at Television Critics Association press day. Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen will lead the new show.

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The 15-episode, one-hour dating series promises “to amp up the original hit dating show for today’s audience.” It will premiere this summer.

Each episode of Love Connection will feature single men and/or women in search of romance. After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, as Cohen brings his personal brand of fun to the series.

“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
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Fox Reviving ‘Love Connection’ Dating Show With Host Andy Cohen

Fox Reviving ‘Love Connection’ Dating Show With Host Andy Cohen
Another day, another television game show reboot.

Fox has greenlit a revival of “Love Connection,” which will be hosted by Andy Cohen. The show will air in summer 2017 with a 15-episode season

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman.

The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss is executive producer, and Cohen will serve as co-executive producer.

The new one-hour series, based on the original game show that ran from 1983 to 1994, will feature single men and women in search of romance. After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, alongside Cohen.

“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
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Love Connection Reboot Ordered at Fox With Andy Cohen Set as Host

Love Connection Reboot Ordered at Fox With Andy Cohen Set as Host
Sit tight, singles: Love Connection will be back on TV in two and two. (Meaning, two months, and another two months, approximately.)

Fox is reviving the classic 1983-94 dating show this summer, the network announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Bravo’s Andy Cohen will take over hosting duties from original matchmaker Chuck Woolery, and The Bachelor guru Mike Fleiss is onboard as an executive producer.

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The format will stick pretty close to the original show, with a
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Jim Parsons Thought He Was Reading a Chuck Woolery Pilot When He Auditioned for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (Video)

Jim Parsons Thought He Was Reading a Chuck Woolery Pilot When He Auditioned for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ (Video)
Jim Parsons wasn't nearly as excited as his agent when he first landed his audition for the role of Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory.” On “Late Show,” Parsons talked about how his agent called him with the news that this show was the new Chuck Lorre pilot. “I did not know Chuck Lorre at the time,” Parsons admitted to David Letterman. “I thought he was talking about Chuck Woolery.” Also read: Chuck Lorre Achieves Rare Showrunner Feat: 4 Shows Rated in the Top 20 Letterman pointed out that Woolery is perhaps best known as the host of “Love Connection,” to which.
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Chuck Woolery Makes A Love Connection With Socialist Catheters

Chuck Woolery, iconic former host of game shows like Scrabble and The Love Connection, is also a conservative activist and pundit, but he's got a new gig that has him enjoying a golden shower of big government cash. While Chuck is no fan of government spending, he makes an explicit pitch for some sweet, sweet teat-milk in a new ad for Medical Direct Club's Virtually Pain Free Catheters.
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Chuck Woolery Launches Political Attack on Michael Moore (Video)

Chuck Woolery Launches Political Attack on Michael Moore (Video)
It looks like Chuck Woolery, who seemingly has ditched hosting game shows in favor of conservative political activism, has picked a fight with Michael Moore – or, as he puts it, “America’s biggest hypocrite.” Woolery, best known as the original host of Wheel of Fortune from 1975-1981 and Love Connection from 1983-1994, for about a year has been creating videos at SaveUsChuckWoolery.com that skewer liberal policies. In those videos, he sometimes takes good-natured jabs at Hollywood, like when he lamented how rough Matt Damon has it “living with the guilt of having too much money.

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