Picks and Pans Review: Change of Heart Love Connection
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Next to actually having a social life, there's nothing better than listening to people on the tube recount the experience of going out with somebody new. If a first date sounds bad, you can slouch on the couch and gloat. If it sounds hot, you can yelp salaciously as the studio audiences do on these nationally syndicated shows (seen back-to-back in many cities).
Love Connection is a revival of the series that was produced from 1983 to 1994. Chuck Woolery's successor as host is pleasant Pat Bullard, who's too slow with his few quips. The emcee's main job is to lead the guest politely through a description of what happened after he or she picked a date from three contestants glimpsed on tape. The selected contestant joins in the postmortem, and the real fun comes when male and female blame each other for a lousy time. But even for conflict fans, the new Change of Heart may go too far. First, a man and a woman who have been dating for months express disenchantment. Then we hear what happened when each tried going out with someone new (as arranged by the show). Host Chris Jagger stirs the pot by soliciting comparisons of physical attributes, kissing techniques, etc. Finally, the original couple vote on whether to stay together or have a "change of heart." If more couples seem to choose the status quo, maybe it's to spite Jagger for his smirky provocations.
Bottom Line: Suitable for a fling but not a lasting relationship
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