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For many of you, The Gong Show will be something you saw in George Clooney’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (a great film, go watch it).

The Gong Show was an amateur talent contest. It was broadcast on NBC’s daytime schedule from June 14, 1976, through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. The show was produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as host for the NBC run and from 1977 to 1980 in syndication.

Everything old is new still stands as it looks like it is going to return to the small screen.

Sony Pictures Television is producing the revival. ABC has ordered 10 episodes.

The new version of the variety show comes from executive producer Will Arnett and his Electric Avenue Productions, plus Den of Thieves and Principato Young Entertainment, along with Sony TV. Arnett is not hosting — a revolving panel of judges, featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest names, will praise, critique and, of course, gong contestants.

Every episode of the modernized “Gong Show” will celebrate un-traditionally talented, unique performers plucked from the Internet and put onto primetime television. The series will be shot in front of a live audience.

“ABC has tapped into the nostalgia and excitement of primetime game shows. We are thrilled to add ‘The Gong Show’ to ABC’s schedule spearheaded by the incomparable Will Arnett,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late-night programming.

“The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to ‘The Gong Show,’ so the timing is perfect,” added Holly Jacobs, executive vice president of reality and syndication programming for Sony Pictures Television. “We’ve found just the right partners to bring back this iconic original.”

The question is, who should host the show and who could rival Gene Gene The Dancing Machine!?

Who would you like to see host it and will they be a secret assassin on the side?

Source: Variety

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