Pages Navigation Menu

"No matter where you go, there you are."

Advert

The Gong Show’s new host has gone full method!

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Tommy Maitland

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.

Sony Pictures Television is producing the revival. ABC has ordered 10 episodes and it begins on the 22nd June.

It appears that the host for the new show has been found in the shape of British comedian Tommy Maitland…any similarity with Mike Myers (Wayne’s World) is purely coincedental!

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.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Tommy since I first saw his stand-up in the U.K. while traveling as a teenager. He was so funny and original. I had the good fortune to cross paths with Tommy a few years ago and ever since we’ve talked about working together,” said Arnett. “I tried for years to come up with a vehicle that was suitable to expose his immense talent on a bigger stage, and The Gong Show is the perfect fit.”

Yep, it looks like Myers is going full method as Tommy and everyone else is just going along with that. It will be interesting to see what he gets up to.

It will feature a rotating panel of guest judges – Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black and Anthony Anderson.

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.

Via THR

Next PostPrevious Post




Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Amazon Prime Free Trial