FOX Has Dumped 'Love Connection,' Canceling the Andy Cohen-Hosted Reboot
Fans of the television show, “Love Connection,” will be disappointed to hear that television network Fox, recently canceled it. The reboot of the show was hosted by television host and news anchor Andy Cohen.
The show only managed to last for two seasons. A network representative confirmed the sad news.
It seems the “Love Connection” couldn’t grow or hold its audience base. Instead, it had low ratings throughout its two-season run.
Last September was the season 2 finale of the television show. It only managed to bring in 1.82 million viewers and a 0.5 Nielsen demographic rating of adults aged 18 to 49.
On Wednesday, the show’s host Andy Cohen shared and confirmed the sad news. While having an interview on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show,” the host revealed, “They canceled it.”
The reboot of “Love Connection” changed its polarizing format in season 2. They removed season 1’s “love-or-money decisions” gimmick in the hope that it would bring in viewership.
The gimmick was replaced with “more happy endings” for the contestants. The show even allowed the audience to vote on the contestants' best match.
If the contestant picked the same person, they were rewarded with $10,000. Alternatively, a wrong match resulted in the contestants being forced to choose between their date and the cash.
Viewers and critics weren’t too pleased with these changes. An hour of the show featured single men and/or women who were in search of romance.
No surprise there.— Taylor (@wtt41) February 27, 2019
They would tell Cohen exactly what they wanted in a partner and also explained why they’d found it so hard to meet the right partner. The original show was hosted by Chuck Woolery and it stayed on television from 1983 all the way to 1994.
It had 2,120 episodes in its original run.
Oh that sucks— nsalad (@nsalad) February 27, 2019
“Love Connection” was produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and NEXT Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. The executive producers were Cohen and Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen, and Jason Ehrlich.
Before the show was canceled, critics had called for the producers to “Either embrace the cheese of the ’80s original and keep it kitschy and old-fashioned, or bring it into the Tinder age with high-tech updates.” They believed that the show’s effort to straddle both eras would be its downfall.