Long before reality television and social-media, the 70s produced the wonderfully strange variety show ‘The Gong Show’. ABC announced this week that it will be bringing back the talent show competition, but with a few modern twists and updates.
“The Gong Show” will be executive produced by Will Arnett’s Electric Avenue Productions and Den of Thieves and Principato Young Entertainment. In each episode the network will celebrate the “un-traditionally talented, unique performers” that are plucked from the Internet and put into the primetime spotlight. A revolving panel of judges, featuring Hollywood stars, will praise, critique and/or gong contestants, just like they did in the 1970s.
“ABC has tapped into the nostalgia and excitement of primetime game shows,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming. “We are thrilled to add ‘The Gong Show’ to ABC’s schedule spearheaded by the incomparable Will Arnett.”
“The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to ‘The Gong Show,’ so the timing is perfect,” said Holly Jacobs, executive vice president, Reality and Syndication Programming for Sony Pictures Television. “We’ve found just the right partners to bring back this iconic original.”
Ten episodes of “The Gong Show” will be produced by Electric Avenue Productions, Den of Thieves in association with Sony Pictures Television, Principato Young Entertainment and will be taped in front of a live audience. “The Gong Show” is executive produced by Will Arnett, Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic and Peter Principato. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow and Marc Forman will co-executive produce.