His first show was , a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes." Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer.Living on his royalties from "Palisades Park," Barris developed in a 2002 interview.Hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange, the program featured a bachelor or bachelorette asking three members of the opposite sex suggestive questions, then choosing one for a date.
When original host John Barbour didn't work out after about a year, NBC execs insisted that the cuddly, curly-haired Barris come on as his replacement, so he donned a tuxedo and a floppy hat and introduced the acts.
"Having them make the choices [on the show] appealed to the female population, the target demographic." Future sportscaster Al Michaels was a member of his staff; Burt Reynolds, Michael Jackson and John Ritter were among the contestants; and it was Barris' idea to have Lange and the contestants blow kisses to the cameras at the end of each show.
"was the easiest show to do," he said in the TV Archive interview. Her husband then turned over a card that revealed his response: "In the car." In 1980, Barris directed, co-wrote (with Robert Downey Sr.) and appeared in Universal's , based on his relationship with his first wife; and it was published in 1974 and became a best-seller.
Four couples who had been married for a year or less competed by matching answers to questions about their spouses' likes and dislikes.
Just like , it was a huge hit and played in primetime as well (both shows aired in tandem on Saturday nights for a time).