“Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd."Barris took the CIA's response as tacit confirmation, noting, “Have you ever heard the CIA acknowledge someone was an assassin?
Major reality-TV news: The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss, unscripted guru Mike Darnell, and Bravo host Andy Cohen — a reality-TV axis of awesome — are joining forces to reboot the iconic 1980s dating game show Love Connection for Fox.
Cohen, like Woolery, will play ringmaster, grilling the singles in a comedic way about their dates.
Barris was the Mark Burnett of his day, supplying network TV with 27 hours worth of game-show programming at his peak.
But by 1980, he realized his heyday was coming to an end and sold his production company for a reported $100 million.“It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years,” quipped CIA spokesman Tom Crispell.
The network Wednesday announced it has ordered 15 hour-long episodes of the new Love and plans to air them this summer, with Cohen taking over the on-air hosting role originally played by Chuck Woolery.
The format of the reboot seems to be similar to the original, with single men and women going on blind dates and then returning to tell tales about their adventures with one another in front of a studio audience.
The original series ran from 1983 to 1995, with a smirking Chuck Woolery as As in `The Dating Game,' this show's contestant chooses from three prospective dates after seeing videotaped introductions from each.