ABC is Bringing Back “The Gong Show”
ABC is developing a new version of "The Gong Show", which originally ran from 1976 to 1980. It was previously revived in 1988, but it only lasted one season.
For the millennials out there, it was basically "America's Got Talent", but mostly minus the talent. They had a revolving panel of celebrity judges who would hit a big gong to stop an act that sucked. That happened a lot.
Frequent judges included Jaye P. Morgan, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson, Rip Taylor, Phyllis Diller, Anson Williams, Steve Garvey, and Rex Reed, not that you younger kids probably recognize any of those names.
It also had a reputation for being a little racy, at least for the time.
The new version will have the same premise, although the acts will somehow be chosen from the Internet, either they'll be sought out from YouTube videos, or people will just submit audition tapes that way.
Will Arnett is producing it, it's unclear whether he'd also be the emcee like Chuck Barris on the original, or if he'd just operate behind the scenes. There's also no word on what celebrities might be panelists, or when it might premiere.
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