The Gong Show Is Back And Totally Bonkers

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The Gong Show, one of television’s most iconic renown amateur talent contests, is returning to our TV screens.

ABC has ordered a 10-episode run of the reboot, which will be executive produced by Will Arnett, the network said in a news release. Arnett will not be hosting, however, there are talks of Mike Myers as the show’s host.

In the 1970s and 1980s, The Gong Show featured people with unusual talents ― or, in some funny cases, a complete lack of talent ― who performed routines, told jokes, sang and danced for a panel of celebrity judges. Any judge could stop an act by hitting a big gong.

Like the original, the new Gong Show will have a rotating panel of celebrity judges and amateur talent, but the recruitment process will receive a modern touch: Contestants will be “plucked from the Internet,” according to a news release.

“The comedy culture we have been living has finally caught up to The Gong Show, so the timing is perfect,” Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of reality and syndication programming for Sony Pictures Television said in a recent news release. “We’ve found just the right partners to bring back this iconic original.”

The show will be the latest in a series of reboots on ABC, which include new versions of “Match Game,” “To Tell The Truth,” “Celebrity Family Feud” and “The $100,000 Pyramid” (which was only a “$10,000 Pyramid” when it debuted in 1973).

The original Gong Show also featured a recurring cast of strange characters, such as the “Unknown Comic,” who performed with a paper bag over his head:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoFfLvy3quAVideo can’t be loaded: The Gong Show: The Unknown Comic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoFfLvy3quA)

The show also made stagehand Eugene Patton famous, who was better known as “Gene Gene, The Dancing Machine,” and was responsible for getting everyone dancing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuJHKVQ2kLAVideo can’t be loaded: Gong Show: Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuJHKVQ2kLA)

If you recall, Chuck Barris, the show’s best-known host, later wrote a novel called “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” in which he claimed he was a CIA assassin while working on the show.  The book served as the basis for a 2002 film of the same name, starring Sam Rockwell.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xha4hZeXFtQVideo can’t be loaded: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind – Trailer – (2002) HQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xha4hZeXFtQ)

The CIA called the book “ridiculous” and said Barris’ claims were “not true”.

Do you know anything else about The Gong Show’s exciting reboot? Tell us in the comments section below.

SOURCES: (Huffington Post, Youtube)

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