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The executive producer likens the growing game show trend to a follow-the-leader mentality, recalling all of the networks that have tried to copy-cat “The Bachelor” with similar dating shows over the years, but have failed to find a hit. “Obviously there’s been a resurgence right now of game shows, but this is really not a game show,” he says, also categorizing “Love Connection” as a comedy show, such as Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots” at NBC.

“Right now, in both scripted and unscripted, everyone is so ratings-challenged that if there’s a brand to it, it helps bring people there,” he explains.

“I don’t think that would have happened years ago,” Cohen admits.

“I’ve always wanted to host a game show and this is the perfect one for me because it mixes what I already do, which is ask really personal questions,” says the television-executive-turned-celebrity, who used to head development at Bravo.

Though the environment is familiar to Cohen with a live audience and a cushy couch for conversation with guests, this is not “Watch What Happens Live.” Rather, the Bravo personality is taping an episode of “Love Connection,” the revival of the dating game show, which premieres Thursday night on Fox.Despite all of the new additions, Fleiss and Darnell say the core of “Love Connection” is still there, especially due to the “he-said-she-said” element.“One thing we really wanted to preserve was not being there on the date because what made the show so charming was the he-said-she-said,” Darnell explains of the format, which focuses largely on the daters chatting with Cohen on set about their date, rather than having footage of the actual date like other dating shows, including “The Bachelor.” However, each couple does take a selfie video during their date, which is shown to the live audience.“It capitalizes on everything that I love to do — digging for personal details is something that I started doing with the Housewives many years ago.” Funny enough, Cohen says when he was in charge of programming at the NBCUniversal cabler, he tried to nab the “Love Connection” format for the net with plans for someone else to host, since he was in the midst of his executive days.Then years later, the format was pitched to him, but he couldn’t do it.

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