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ABC reboots “The Gong Show” with Will Arnett

The Gong Show is back.  ABC’s reboot of the irreverent 1970′s gameshow is the latest addition to a growing slate of nostalgia-powered primetime shows, including The $100000 Pyramid (formerly The $10000 Pyramid) and Match Game. ABC’s The ...
October 3, 2016

The Gong Show is back.  ABC’s reboot of the irreverent 1970′s gameshow is the latest addition to a growing slate of nostalgia-powered primetime shows, including The $100000 Pyramid (formerly The $10000 Pyramid) and Match Game.

ABC’s The Gong Show revival will be executive produced by actor-comedian Will Arnett’s (pictured) Electric Avenue Productions, Den of Thieves and Principato Young Entertainment. Arnett will also host the show, which was originally produced and hosted by Chuck Barris between 1976 and 1980, airing on NBC.  There were also some later, short-lived incarnations of the show.

Every episode of this latest incarnation will celebrate unique artists plucked from the internet and put on a primetime stage where they will perform at the mercy of a panel of judges featuring Hollywood stars, who will praise, critique and “gong” them. Ten episodes will be produced by Arnett’s prodco, along with Den of Thieves (in association with Sony Pictures Television, Principato Young Entertainment), and taped in front of a live studio audience. Along with Arnett, Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic and Peter Principato will executive produce. Jared Sorell, Jordan Barrow and Marc Forman serve as co-executive producers.

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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