Eric Lieber, whose TV producing credits included the long-running dating show “Love Connection,” has died. He was 71.
Lieber died of leukemia Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his wife, Peggy.
Lieber created “Love Connection” in 1983 after decades producing other gameshows, as well as the Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mike Douglas talkshows.
“Love Connection,” hosted by Chuck Woolery, aired until 1995. Lieber also exec produced the 1998-99 reprise of the series, with Pat Bullard as host.
On the program, contestants watched videos of three prospective blind dates, chose one to go out with, then returned to the show to talk about the experience.
Lieber attributed the show’s success to the human drama audiences got to observe.
“The show succeeds because we believe in honest emotions,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times in 1992. “And, admit it: We’re all a little voyeuristic and enjoy peeking into someone else’s life.”
Lieber was born in Vienna and came to the U.S. as an infant. He grew up in New Jersey and launched his TV career in New York City in the 1950s.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a granddaughter.
A memorial service is pending.