The Newlywed Game was hosted by former SNL Alum Gary Kroeger and featured a way different format than what the original shows had.
With 10 years of Love Connection, he had the power and know-how to do this show. It was a return to the classic game we all knew and love.
3 bachelors or bachelorettes, one picker, firing off random questions to ask, and all was right as rain for two more seasons of new episodes, and one more in reruns in nationwide syndication before leaving the airwaves in 2000 to make room for tons more dating shows that based themselves off of Blind Date or 5th Wheel.
But its sister show, The Dating Game also underwent quite a few changes as well. To start, we got Whose Line regular Brad Sherwood as host.
This would be his first hosting experience, and unfortunately unlike his Whose Line performance, his hosting here leaves much to be desired.
“There’s a lot of singles action here,” Doran said about the community formerly known as Leisure World, where the average age is 77.
“You see people looking for a mate, trying people out, interfacing with them.They would go about doing this for around 5 or so statements, because almost after every one, Brad would have to make some lame joke or pun himself.Then afterwards, I guess to appease the old school fans of the show, the bachelorette would ask one question to all 3 bachelors and they would give their answer in old school Dating Game Form.In short, think of his announcing on The Price Is Right, which is horrendous by itself, but actually on screen. The set was a complete departure from any form of Dating Game.Sure there was the wall, that separated the Dater and the 3 potential dates, but instead of having the smallish set that all the other versions had, this version had quite a large set, and to be honest, it's kind of a waste. This set, albeit nice, is quite a radical departure from what the show needs.The rest of the show is just one big step downward.