Two new dating shows
Human matchmaking is involved only in selecting the game's contestants, who are usually selected more for the amusement value than any concern for their happiness or compatibility.
The audience sees only the game; an important feature of all dating game shows is that the contestants have little or no previous knowledge of each other, and are exposed to each other only through the game, which may include viewing a photograph or at least knowing the basic criteria for participation (typically participants are not already married).
Instead, they threw in a bunch of heterosexual men in there too. One contestant was physically chained to four suitors for DAYS and had to choose a winner at the end of it all.
And it would have been more of a big deal if Bravo had actually cast the show with all gay men.
Questions were often obviously rigged to get ridiculous responses, or be obvious allusions to features of the participants' private areas.
The Newlywed Game, by contrast, another Barris show, had recently married couples competing to answer questions about each other's preferences.
They are presented for the entertainment of the viewers.
Cable television revived some interest in these shows during the 1980s and 1990s, and eventually new shows began to be made along the old concepts.
Variations featuring LGBT contestants began to appear on a few specialty channels.
Gimmicks were the lifeblood of all such shows, which drew criticisms for instigating disaffection that could not have been effected.
The genre waned for a while but it was later revived by The New Dating Game and the UK version Blind Date, and the original shows were popular in reruns, unusual for any game show.
And that’s exactly what this show did — hated on women by basically being like “haahaa you’ll never find a man and even when you do he’ll probably be gay haahaa.” Clearly we never missed an episode. It was a nice idea, and the series, produced by Eva Longoria and hosted by Guiliana and Bill Rancic, had a big push behind it from NBC. Ratings were dismal, and NBC only aired the show for three-weeks in April 2013 (subsequent episodes were streamed online). — were looking for love, as most dating show contestants are. And while Bret wasn’t as good of a leading man as Flavor Flav, he was a close second. The way he pronounced the word “diabetes” (die-a-bee-tis). The show aired as a single, two-hour broadcast in which 50 women (one from each state) competed in some effed-up beauty pageant to be Rockwell’s bride.