It then returned to daytime only until 1973 on CBS.
After that, the Dating Game returned for the Fall of 1973 season in syndication with Chuck Woolery as a new host.
It had some pretty strong competition from "My Three Sons" on CBS and "Star Trek" on NBC but it was a "fun" show and audiences loved it!
It managed to survive in prime-time (a rarety for a game show) for another three years!
The name was changed after one season to "The All New Dating Game" because the format was slightly changed.
In addition to the old questioning and choosing a date segments, some previous daters would return to tell viewers how their date turned out.
He knew from his first “Dating Game” audition that Herman was destined for greatness.“It helped me in terms of understanding the power of the character and how the outside world reacted to it,” Reubens said.
"I was never on drugs, but everybody thought I was. Barris tells how he bluffed his way into the NBC management training program (thanks to some creative and fabricated recommendations from RCA board members), as well as how he started down the path of game show innovator during his tenure at ABC Daytime.
In the late 1970s, Chuck Barris was a patron of the arts to starving artists like Paul Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman.died on Tuesday at 87, as he recalled his 14 appearances on Barris’ late 1970s hit “The Gong Show.” Before that, he appeared three times as a contestant — in his nerdy Herman persona — on Barris’ “The Dating Game.”" data-reactid="19"Reubens expressed his affection for the producer, who died on Tuesday at 87, as he recalled his 14 appearances on Barris’ late 1970s hit “The Gong Show.” Before that, he appeared three times as a contestant — in his nerdy Herman persona — on Barris’ “The Dating Game.”Reubens received AFTRA scale payments, 0 in prize money if he won on “Gong Show,” and even residuals for reruns.
The money helped him focus on his craft as an actor and comedian with the Groundlings improv group. “I didn’t have to have a second job because of ‘The Gong Show’ for a couple of years.”In truth, contestants weren’t supposed to make repeat visits to “Gong Show.” Reubens had to disguise himself in his various acts lest the show run afoul of the FCC rules that govern game shows following the quiz show scandals of the early 1960s.
The questioner could not see their three potential dates so appearance did not factor into the decision. There were a few dates, however, that resulted in marriage.
Producer In the beginning, the dates provided by the Dating Game were typically just a local night on the town but later the show began opening its pockets for luxurious dates to exotic locations.
“I think we got one phone call and we had a meeting with a manager.”Having “Gong Show” on his resume didn’t land him much in the way of paying gigs.