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.