Ross to host ‘Gong Show’

Emcee to fill Barris role; Meyer joins ABC laffer pilot

Comedian Jeffrey Ross will take over where Chuck Barris left off as the host of the WB’s revived “Gong Show,” while Breckin Meyer has been added to the cast of ABC’s untitled Tom Hertz project.

Ross will serve as master of ceremonies on “The Gong Show,” which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Michael Davies’ Diplomatic Prods.

Ross is probably best known for his stints on the annual New York Friar’s Club Roasts, which Comedy Central has televised in recent years. Ross’ targets have included Drew Carey and Jerry Stiller. He’s also a creative consultant on ABC’s “Whose Line is It Anyway” and has written for “The Man Show.”

As a performer, Ross also appeared on the sitcoms “Shasta” and “Greg the Bunny” and the feature “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

As for Meyer, the thesp will play Tom in the laffer, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Brad Grey TV. The project revolves around a New Yorker who marries into a Kansas family.

Also joining the cast are Nancy Lenehan (“Catch Me if You Can”) as Sandy and Derek Waters (“The District”) as Lewis.

Meyer’s film credits include “Clueless,” “Kate and Leopold” and “Road Trip.” He’ll appear in the upcoming feature “Blast,” opposite Eddie Griffin, and the film version of “Garfield.” On TV, Meyer provides a voice for “King of the Hill” and was the star of laffer “Inside Schwartz.”

In other casting news, thesp added to the cast of NBC’s Whoopi Goldberg starrer include Elizabeth Reagan (“Malcolm in the Middle”) as Rita, the girlfriend of Goldberg’s brother; and newcomer Tamara Robinson as Sammi, the niece of Goldberg.

The comedy pilot comes from NBC Studios and Carsey-Werner-Mandabach.

(Jill Feiwell contributed to this report.)

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