Did you watch Love Connection last night?!?
As many of you, I’ve been anticipating FOX’s Love Connection revival, hosted by our very own Andy Cohen (does he ever sleep?!?), for, like, forever! The show premiered last night, Thursday May 25th, at 9/8c, and it was pretty brilliant! Thank you, Andy Cohen, for reviving this masterpiece!
As I watched last night’s episode, and was inundated with promotion after promotion before that, it totally got me thinking about all the juicy stories that are destined to come from this season.
You know what else the episode inspired me about? What OTHER iconic, dating shows are there that could be revived in addition to Love Connection! There are SO MANY.
Here’s some of my favorite 2000’s dating shows that I think should totally be revived immediately!
Dismissed had a simple concept. One dater, two potential lovers, and time out cards for individual make out sessions. One potential lover gets dismissed at the end of the episode. A winner and a loser are all you need to make a perfect show.
09. Change of Heart
Can I pitch an idea? I’m pitching an idea. Get the James St. James to host a Change of Heart revival immediately. Can you imagine?! The savage face of the Changer, the devoured face of the Keeper…James’ reaction! This needs to happen!
08. Date My Mom
Squealing over how addicted to this show I was! There was always that one mother, in each episode. One was put together and sane. Another deliberately would state the reason to not date her child. Finally, there would be an entirely delusional mother who would convince the Dater to choose her child…someone who was essentially fan fiction in a mother’s heart. I’d love for a Date My Dad…but I’d probably be considered a father snatcher afterwards.
07. Joe Millionaire
While Joe Millionaire‘s still-hunky Evan Marriott has openly spoke about his troubles post-reality television, I completely ship another season of Joe Millionaire. I highly doubt anyone applying for dating shows now was old enough to have watched the show during it’s first run, so they wouldn’t know there is a chance of “dating” a fake millionaire…unless they’re reading this article. With Social Media running our lives, it’s possible for anyone to fake or be a millionaire. I’d get easily fooled!
06. Parental Control
If you ran home to grab a snack after school and watch Parental Control, we’re automatically friends. The premise once again involved parents, but this time, the parents choose contestants to compete with their child’s current significant other. In conclusion, the parent’s kid gets to select their current partner or someone their parents recommend. At the end of the day, you still find out your parents despise the person you’re dating. THE DRAMA! Bring this back!
05. Room Raiders
We’ve all seen the Zac Efron‘s appearance on Room Raiders. You’d be lying to the world if you wouldn’t bust out of that genky van and run into your room to be with him! Room Raiders literally grabs you from your bedroom and forces you to sit with two other people as your potential new lover goes through your room, discovering the tissues you’ve been using to stuff your bra or…clean up with. This show definitely had it’s “Holy Shit!” moments and for those, we need this in our lives once again!
04. Blind Date
Have you been living under a rock? Then you haven’t heard of the brilliant, dating show, Blind Date. A couple would meet simply based off of a producer’s recommendation. Then, they are sent to have awkward car rides, arousing mini dates, and finally a dinner that ended with glasses being thrown or disrobing in a hot tub. The best part of Blind Date: the sarcastic pop-ups that are featured throughout the shows run. They say exactly what we are thinking.
The premise: One dater awaits five potential loves who sit on a bus anonymously. The longer the potential suitor stays with the dater, the more money they earn. In the end, the suitor gets to decide if they want to continue the date or keep the cash. The hilarity of NEXT was genuine! From making actual connections to getting Nexted immediately after stepping off the bus. NEXT needs to be revived and I will be first in line to audition and await my Next-ation.
02. 5th Wheel
“…Where strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers become bitter, suicidal exes all on the same show.”
Formerly hosted by WoWlebrity, Aisha Tyler, 5th Wheel takes the flawless idea of setting up dual-blind dates. After the daters mix and match through various adventures, a sultry, slutty fifth wheel is invited to try and steal one of the original foursome. In the final moments of the episode, the daters select their picks and someone is almost always left walking away the sole loser…and it was usually never the fifth wheel. I’m shipping Michelle Visage to be the revival host. She would chew the scenery..and hopefully a few of the daters!
One dater would take five, potential suitors on a variety of dates. After each date, someone would get eliminated until there was only one remaining and a love connection was made.
The competition was always heated, the characters were always ridiculous, and this was the best dating show that hasn’t been revived yet! PLEASE! Hear my call! REVIVE!