Fox is bringing back “Love Connection,” and the broadcast net’s got Andy Cohen on board as host.
The one-hour series has a 15-episode order and a pretty good dating show pedigree, with Mike Fleiss of “The Bachelor” handling executive producer duties, alongside Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich.
Each episode will will feature single men and/or women in search of romance — as part of the update, the new series is expected to include same-sex couples.
After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, as Cohen, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series, per Fox.
Cohen will co-executive produce along with Fleiss’ NEXT Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions. “Love Connection” will premiere on Fox in Summer 2017.
“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 Cohen.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network television,” added Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. “The combination of the insanely talented Andy Cohen and the undisputed king of relationship shows Mike Fleiss is absolute magic … add in the perfect home of Fox … and I think we have a match made in heaven.”
“‘Love Connection’ was always one of my favorite programs,” stated Fleiss. “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.”