Network to revive classic gameshow in July
Comedy Central is reviving Chuck Barris’ “The Gong Show,” with comedian Dave Attell as host.Cable net has ordered eight half-hour segs of the skein, which is set to premiere July 17. “The Gong Show” will air weekly at 10:30 p.m. in tandem with new reality TV spoof “Reality Bites Back” at 10. Gameshow vet Andrew Golder will exec produce “The Gong Show” for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Prods. and Sony Pictures TV, which owns the Barris canon. Like the original, the new-model “Gong Show” will feature a revolving panel of celebrity judges weighing in on eight to 10 offbeat amateur acts in each episode. Original skein, which aired from 1976-78 on NBC’s daytime lineup and in primetime syndication from 1976-80, was hosted by producer Barris and featured such regulars as Gene-Gene the Dancing Machine (aka one of the show’s stagehands) and the Unknown Comic (aka a guy with a paper bag on his head). A syndie revival had a short run in the 1988-89 season. Attell is known to Comedy Central auds for hosting the series “Insomniac With Dave Attell.” Late last year he toplined an HBO spesh, “Captain Miserable.”
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