Love Connection

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TBS (ended 1994)

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Video dating clubs - where a bachelor or bachelorette completed a personality profile and then screened potential dates based on their answers - had grown in popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "Love Connection" was the first relationship / dating show to successfully bring video dating to TV. Chuck Woolery – two years removed from hosting what would become America's all-time favorite game show, "Wheel of Fortune" – presided over the fun. A bachelor(ette) was introduced. Although many of them were young adults looking for Mr. or Ms. Right for the first time, others were divorced or widowed, and several were in the twilight years of their lives. Woolery conducted a brief interview before the audience was shown video excerpts, which the contestant had previously seen in their entirety, of three potential dates of the opposite sex. The audience is then asked to vote on which they believe is the right date for the bachelor(ette) based on what they had seen. Most of the time, the contestant, who had already gone on the date, introduces his / her choice. The date, whom the contestant is seeing for the first time since their night out, is introduced then appears on-screen via backstage hookup. Here is where the fun really began. Woolery asks questions about what happened on their date. Sometimes, the two really hit it off ,and the two could not wait to see each other again. Woolery would invite the date onstage to reunite with the bachelor(ette). Other times, they simply had no chemistry or the date came straight from Hell thanks to personality clashes or one or both of the daters acting like jerks; in other words, the two were not right for each other. Regardless of how well the date went, Woolery then revealed the audience's choice as determined by a majority vote. If the contestant and the audience's choices agreed, the show paid all expenses for the date even if the date was a bona fide disaster. More often than not, the choices disagreed, but that didn't matter to couples who were a perfect match. Otherwise, the bachelor(ette) could decide to date the audience's choice at the show's expense, select the third potential date though a seldom-used option, or remain searching on their own. Three or four such segments aired per show. On occasion, the bachelor(ette) would have the audience decide whom they would go out with, and the contestant would report back on a future episode. Woolery presided over thousands of date recaps during Love Connection's original 11-year run in syndication. The show reprised itself for a one-season run in 1998 with Pat Bullard hosting.

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Gene Wood

Gene Wood

Announcer 1986-1988

Johnny Gilbert

Johnny Gilbert

Announcer 1988-1989

Chuck Woolery

Chuck Woolery

Host 1983-1994

Pat Bullard

Pat Bullard

Host 1998-1999

Rod Roddy

Rod Roddy

Announcer 1983-1985

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