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Other contestants who appeared before becoming famous included The Carpenters, Jackson Bostwick, Joanna Cameron, Andy Kaufman (who went under the pseudonym Baji Kimran), Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, John Ritter, Phil Hartman, Jennifer Granholm (Governor of Michigan from 2003–2010), Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Alex Kozinski.Serial killer Rodney Alcala's episodes were shown during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California.
Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.Beginning in 1966, The Dating Game was often paired with The Newlywed Game.This was especially true when the two shows entered syndication; in fact, in 1996 the revivals of both The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game were sold as a package called "The Dating-Newlywed Hour".Occasionally, the contestant was a bachelor who would ask questions to three bachelorettes.Certain kinds of questions were "off-limits", such as name, age, occupation, and income.A notable change was that the prospective bachelor/bachelorette knew what the first names of his or her potential dates were at all times.
Instead of asking questions of their potential date, the bachelor/bachelorette was presented with two pun-laden statements, each pertaining to one of the potential dates.
The program was originally broadcast in black-and-white, but when a prime-time version began in October 1966, both it and the daytime version were broadcast in color; the daytime version thus became the first ABC daytime series to be broadcast in color on a regular basis.
Typically, a bachelorette would question three bachelors, who were hidden from her view; at the end of the questioning period, she would choose one to go out with on a date paid for by the show.
Jim Lange hosted The Dating Game for its entire ABC network run and the 19 syndicated editions.
The 1986 revival was hosted by Elaine Joyce for its first season and Jeff Mac Gregor for its remaining two seasons.
After the game ended the bachelor/bachelorette chose one panelist based on looks and one based on personality, then was prompted to choose either of the two.