Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-"Charlie's Angels" Farrah Fawcett, introduced as "an accomplished artist and sculptress" with a dream to open her own gallery.
After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated.
“Real Housewives” producer Andy Cohen is the host, striving to be as smarmy as inhumanly possible (he asks if a kiss was “nice tongue or darty tongue”).
Fox will flush out 15 episodes this summer (Thursdays at 9 p.m.). This is 2017, for gosh sake, so “Connection” needs horrifying new gimmicks.
“Connection” has tremendous value as a guide for how not to play the dating game.The dater and the three dates rate each other on physical appearance!The studio audience picks a favorite of the three dates, just like in the original show, only now there’s a catch: If the audience and dater choose differently, the dater can either a) dump his or her favorite, go with the audience pick and win ,000 or b) stick with the favorite and get no cash.Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with "The Dating Game," hosted by Jim Lange.The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game." At one point Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.