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‘Celebrity Dating Game’ Coming to ABC in 2021 Hosted by Zooey Deschanel & Michael Bolton

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ABC has revived a lot of game show classics in recent years. Now, they are adding a Dating Game reboot to the list. Hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, The Celebrity Dating Game will put a fun twist on the iconic show from the mid 60s. We’ve got some details for you below, so keep reading for more information.

First thing’s first: a refresher on the original Dating Game

If you weren’t around in the mid 60s/early 70s, or heck, even in the 90s, then you probably don’t know about the show that The Celebrity Dating Game is based on.

The original Dating Game aired on ABC from 1965-1973. It was then aired in syndication for an additional year. Since 1974, there have been 3 other syndicated revivals: 1978-1980; 1986-1989; 1996-1999.

The premise of the game was to help the contestants find love. Traditionally, the bachelorette sat behind a partition, and posed questions to 3 bachelors. Then, solely based on the answers to those questions, she chose the one she wanted to date.

Occasionally, the roles would be flipped: one man chose between 3 women under the same parameters. Now, the 2021 revival won’t actually be the first time that celebrities have made appearances on the game show.

There were a few occasions where celebrities would be in the place of the “bachelor” or “bachelorette” and ask questions on behalf of themselves, a co-worker, relative, or friend. Some people appeared on the show before they were famous, including Steve Martin and Farrah Fawcett. There were even others who came on after they’d hit it big, like Sally Field and Michael Jackson.

So, what will The Celebrity Dating Game look like?

According to ABC’s official press release, The Celebrity Dating Game will have that classic feel of the original show, but with fun twists. First off, the bachelors and/or bachelorettes will all be of celebrity or Hollywood status. TV actors/actresses, film stars, reality television personalities, etc. are all on the list – and most importantly – are all single and looking for love.

Of course, as a nod to the 60s/70s vibe, the new show’s title card is styled in a hippie fashion. You can see it below courtesy of Sony Pictures Television, the company associated with the show.

Another quick-change is that each episode will feature two celebrities who will each choose their match between the 3 bachelors/bachelorettes. But, that’s not all: the celebrity’s identity will remain a secret to their dates! That is, until Michael Bolton sings some clues to help the contestants figure it out.

In addition to co-hosting alongside Zooey Deschanel, Michael Bolton is producing The Celebrity Dating Game. Fans will know Zooey from her roles in New Girl, (500) Days of Summer, and ELF. Michael Bolton was the frontman for the band Blackjack, and recorded his own hard rock/heavy metal music back in the 70s and 80s.

Variety added that there will be 8 one-hour episodes, and the show’s filming in Los Angeles, California. There is no premiere date announced yet, but it’s “coming soon” to ABC. Be sure you’re following the show’s official Instagram and Twitter pages so you can know when the air date is announced.

NEXT: Who’s Going to Be on The Celebrity Dating Game? Hannah Brown and More!


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