Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") will host "Love Connection," a new one-hour series that amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. FOX has ordered 15 episodes of the new unscripted series, to be executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"). Additionally, Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.
From Fleiss' NEXT Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions, "Love Connection" is set to premiere this summer on FOX.
Each hour 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, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious 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 most: meddling in people's personal lives," Cohen said.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network 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," said Mike Darnell, president, Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television.
" 'Love Connection' was always one of my favorite programs," Fleiss added. "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."