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1966: 'The Dating Game' Goes Primetime
October 6, 2017  | By TV WW
 
On this day in 1966, thanks to the sudden cancellation of The Tammy Grimes Show — a four-week-old sitcom starring Tammy Grimes and future Bewitched star Dick Sargent (and the first cancellation of the 1966-1967 television season) — ABC was forced to plug a hole in its primetime schedule with a show from its daytime lineup. The show it chose to fill the void was The Dating Game, never expecting the "temporary" fix to turn into a three-year primetime commitment.

Created by Chuck Barris and hosted by Jim Lange, The Dating Game featured a contestant asking three unseen members of the opposite sex a series of questions. At the end of the round, the questioner choose one of the three to accompany her (or him) on a show-sponsored night on the town or trip. Introduced in 1965, the daytime version ran on ABC until 1973, and then moved into syndication.
 
 
 
 
 
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