During The Dating Game's original run (1965-74, ABC), there were the occasional celebrity guests. This carried over into the initial syndicated version, which included a minor crossover with The Gong Show, with Jaye P. Morgan as the featured guest, and executive producer (and Gong host) Chuck Barris making an appearance, pretending to be a janitor. The ABC run had plenty of star power, with the likes of Don Rickles, Sally Field, Michael Jackson, Richard Dawson, Bill Bixby, Casey Kasem, Andy Kaufman, Adam West (Batman), and the Brady Bunch's Barry Williams & Maureen McCormick appearing as either bachelors/bachelorettes or contestants. Paul Lynde appeared twice, and after H. R. Pufnstuf moved from NBC to ABC, the Krofft dragon was a guest.
22 years after the last syndicated series ended, the Dating Game is back, and this time, common folks need not apply.
Celebrity Dating Game anchors ABC's Monday lineup, and as with the revival of College Bowl over on NBC on Tuesdays, this series airs at a much later time than previous iterations.
Singer-actress Zooey Deschanel (ex-New Girl) and crooner Michael Bolton are the hosts, and, in this video, they explain the new version: