When the show was revived with a different format in , Brad Sherwood was named as its host. Chuck Woolery took over in when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.
This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour". The program was originally broadcast in black-and-white, but when a prime-time version began in October , both it and the daytime version were broadcast in color; the daytime version thus became the first ABC daytime series to be broadcast in color on a regular basis.
Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors , who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show. Occasionally, the roles would be reversed with a man questioning three ladies; other times, a celebrity would question three players for a date for themselves or for a co-worker or a relative of theirs.
One standard trademark was that at the end of each episode, the host and winning contestants would blow a kiss to the viewers. Generally the bachelorette would ask questions written in advance on cards to each of the three hidden bachelors. The same question could be asked to multiple bachelors. This continued until time ran out. The bachelorette would make her choice based solely on the answers to her questions.
Occasionally, the contestant was a bachelor who would ask questions to three bachelorettes. Certain kinds of questions were "off-limits", such as name, age, occupation, and income. When the original format returned to the syndicated revival in , these rules were readopted but there was more of a variety between bachelors and bachelorettes. For the first season of the revival, The Dating Game used a different format.
When chosen, a new statement replaced the old statement and the potential date explained the reason why that fact pertained to them. In several weeks of episodes that aired at various times throughout the season, another format was used. This format saw the players choose a potential date based on how good they looked and another based on personality.
The statement round was used to determine the "personality" portion. The remaining versions of the show, which were made for ABC prime-time and for syndication, are assumed to exist in their entirety. In another variation of the final year in reruns, there were some episodes from ABC daytime, ABC primetime and syndicated weekly. Some of the celebrities that appeared on The Dating Game appeared as a bachelor or bachelorette before becoming famous or as a special guest star include:.
The show used many contemporary tunes, from Tijuana Brass's music from the s, to pop music used for celebrity guest and band appearances.
Starting in , the show used recorded music, with the main theme provided by The Mariachi Brass, featuring trumpeter Chet Baker. The series used several songs by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass as cues for the show, including:. Music used for guest appearances of celebrities choosing a date for themselves or their daughter , or band appearances include:.
In , the show added a closing theme called "Little Rosie" to the daytime version of The Dating Game. The show continued to use the opening theme until , when the show went to all in-house music. The s reboot of the show used music composed by Milton DeLugg , while later editions featured a rerecording of the original theme by Steve Kaplan. However, his second memoir, The Game Show King: A Confession , makes no mention of the CIA—or, for that matter, his previous book;  and a CIA spokesman has categorically denied that Barris ever worked for them in any capacity.
The show's popularity in the s was the inspiration for an ice cream flavor by Baskin-Robbins called Dating Game. It was a pink ice cream with diced dates and butter toasted pecans. Hasbro released three home games based on the original version from to  , while Pressman Toy Corporation released a home game based on the late 80s version in A video slot machine based on the original version with an animated Jim Lange was released by IGT in in both nickel  and quarter  versions.
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