Andy Cohen hosts the all-new revival of the classic unscripted series Love Connection premiering on FOX this Thursday, May 25.
The one-hour series revives the original hit dating show for today’s audiences. Each episode 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 brings his personal brand of flamboyant fun to the series.
“Real people looking for real love” — that is how Cohen explained the show’s premise to us on a recent call. Here’s what we learned about the new reboot of Love Connection … and whether there will ever be a gay version of the Real Housewives.
On the LGBT community appearing:
“You bet. We got some great lesbians and great gays.”
On being an authoritative voice on dating:
“I don’t know if am an authoritative voice on dating. I am enthusiastic about matchmaking and hearing about people’s dates and talking to people about their dates and love life. I just think I am the friend who wants to get in there and talk to people about it. Mike Fleiss, who produces The Bachelor, and who is also one of our producers, is an authority on dating. I leave the matchmaking up to him and the questions up to me.”
On being a matchmaker in real life:
“I have had great matchmaking successes for people who wound up having great dates or hooking up, but I have not hooked-up a couple who wound up getting married. A few night [hook ups], yes.”
“There were a lot of surprises on Love Connection. In the first episode we have an African-American woman named Sheena who goes on her first-ever date with a white guy. And it actually elicits some really great comedy, and there is a really sweet ending to the story. So that was really a surprise and fun for me.”
On more surprises:
“We got a great lesbian group of daters, one of whom comes out to her mother on the air. We got a man in his 70s who went on his first online date recently and the woman. We have the gay guys. We have a surprising Real Housewife — we have a lot of big ones.”
On the dates:
“They plan the dates. We give them $500 and tell them to do anything with it.”
On if he would do it:
“I would go on three dates, but I don’t know if I would do it on TV.”
On doing a Gay Househusbands:
“We have talked about it on and off. No. I think the Housewives are already a pretty gay show if you watch it. So I think it’s good.”