Jim Lange, the original host of the long-running game show "The Dating Game" died Tuesday in Mill Valley, Calif., after suffering a heart attack, his wife, Nancy, told TODAY. He appeared as the host of the ABC show after spending his early career in radio, and hosted the program during its on-and-off runs from 1965 to 1980.The show usually featured a bachelorette asking questions of three bachelors she couldn't see, and ultimately choosing one to go on a date.It’s also led to several marriage proposals, a baby and a hotel-based spinoff.Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada have all been running their own versions since 2016.“The Bachelor” creator Mike Fleiss is executive producer, and Cohen will serve as co-executive producer.The new one-hour series, based on the original game show that ran from 1983 to 1994, will feature single men and women in search of romance.
What followed would become an MTV signature: scripted dating shows that favored hot (often shirtless, fit and on Spring Break) 20-somethings look for the someone to screw, not marry.They were then sent on a cheap romantic getaway, all within the space of a single half-hour episode.But ever since ABC created the monster that is The Bachelor at the turn of the century, the quest to find true love on TV has become a season-long process more arduous than a presidential campaign. , just about every romantic reality show to air in the past decade has been built on this model.Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @benjaminsolomon. Fox has greenlit a revival of “Love Connection,” which will be hosted by Andy Cohen.