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Bravo Orders Reboot of ‘Blind Date’ – Without Roger Lodge

Show’s original concept will be updated

Bravo has ordered a reboot of early 2000s dating game show “Blind Date,” but without Roger Lodge, it was announced Tuesday.

Promising a modern day take on the original series, each half-hour episode will feature two strangers paired up and sent on a blind date. Like the original, graphics including animations and speech bubbles will appear on screen as the narrator weaves in commentary and cameras follow the couple’s every move.

The original series, hosted by Lodge and distributed by NBC Universal Television, premiered in 1999 and ran for 10 seasons with a total of 1,440 episodes. Lodge will not be involved in the reboot; a new host has not yet been announced.

Modernized to work in the social media-saturated, dating apps world of 2019, the show’s original concept will be updated to include internet trends and diverse couples of all ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations.

“Blind Date” is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, with Billy Taylor serving as executive producer. Casting will begin immediately, and prospective blind-daters can apply to be on the show here.

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