Serial killer Rodney Alcala's episodes were shown during his murder spree and after he had been convicted of rape in California.
ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.
The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
The Gong Show Movie (lyrics: "Sometimes It Just Don't Pay to Get Up", "Why Me Oh Lord", "I'm the Cook", "Don't Get Up") / (music: "Sometimes It Just Don't Pay to Get Up", "Why Me Oh Lord", "I'm the Cook", "Don't Get Up", "Robin's Song") If you stick in the business of being creative, you get hurt.
And creative disappointment seems so much harder to take than any other kind.
Chuck Woolery took over in 1997 when the original format was reinstated and hosted for the last two seasons.