'The Gong Show' Is Getting A Reboot Produced By Will Arnett
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“The Gong Show,” one of TV’s most iconic amateur talent contests, is making a comeback.
ABC has ordered a 10-episode run of the reboot, which will be executive produced by Will Arnett, the network said in a news release. Arnett will not be hosting, Variety reported.
In the 1970s and 1980s, “The Gong Show” featured people with unusual talents ― or, in some cases, a complete lack of talent ― who performed routines, told jokes, sang and danced for a panel of celebrity judges. Any judge could stop an act by hitting a big gong.
Like the original, the new “Gong Show” will have a rotating panel of celebrity judges and amateur talent, but the recruitment process will receive a modern touch: Contestants will be “plucked from the Internet,” according to a news release.
“The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to ‘The Gong Show,’ so the timing is perfect,” Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of reality and syndication programming for Sony Pict
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