As the host of ‘The Celebrity Dating Game,’ Michael Bolton sings Zooey Deschanel’s praises: ‘She’s the One Who Does the Heavy Lifting’
This summer, ABC will revive the 1960s classic The Dating Game. The upcoming season, hosted by New Girl alum Zooey Deschanel and Grammy-winning singer Michael Bolton, puts a new twist on the show, which includes celebrities and song parodies. Though Bolton will continue to work on his vocals, Deschanel has “a lot of responsibility,” according to Bolton.
‘The Celebrity Dating Game’ is based on a well-known game.
The original Dating Game aired on ABC from 1965 to 1973. The show, hosted by Jim Lange, was a smash success that spawned many spinoffs and is now being resurrected with a new twist.
Two celebrities will choose a possible date from a secret panel in each episode. The celebrities will be hidden from view as well, with Michael Bolton performing parody songs to reveal their identities to the three shielded singles. Each celebrity will choose their date based on the responses provided by the suitors. The show is hosted by both Deschanel and Bolton.
Competition includes actors Taye Diggs, Marcus Scribner of Black-ish, Nolan Gould of Modern Family, singer Iggy Azalea, and Hannah Brown and Demi Burnett of The Bachelor.
This isn’t the first time that actors have tried their hand at television dating. Popular faces including Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Suzanne Somers, John Ritter, and Steve Martin featured on the original edition of The Dating Game before becoming celebrities.
40 Years Ago, Michael Bolton singing for Black Sabbath didn’t seem so far-fetched.
Zooey Deschanel receives praise from Michael Bolton.
After showcasing his comedic chops in a music video with Adam Samberg on Saturday Night Live in 2011, Bolton began brainstorming ideas for a new series.
Bolton recently told TV Insider, “My manager and I had been pitching shows after the Jack Sparrow [music video]viral experience [on Saturday Night Live], which was ginormous.” “When this happens… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.