The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
The first revival premiered in 1978 and ran until 1980, the second ran from 1986 until 1989, and the last ran from 1996 until 1999 with a season of reruns following.
The show does pick up in the final half but it’s hard to tell if that’s because it gets better or because the end’s in sight.
To be fair, the final sequence is a lively showcase of musical talent and it must be said that the singing is consistently strong throughout, especially from former is an altogether lazy, corny attempt to shoehorn a story onto a Dusty Springfield soundtrack.
Fast forward 50 years and three lovelorn strangers meet on a quest to find ‘the Preacher Man’.
LIMITING AND FARCICAL: The script really holds back this production The characters consist of Paul (Michael Howe), a former member of the 60s in-crowd still yearning for a man he met there many moons ago; Alison (Debra Stephenson), a recently widowed teacher with a disturbing crush on her teenage student; and Kat (Diana Vickers), a bereaved millennial heartbroken over a man she’s been rejected by on a dating website but never actually met.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.