‘The Gong Show’ is an amateur talent contest put out by Sony Pictures Television that initially premiered 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 series was revived in 2017 for exclusive broadcast on ABC, which is where it airs currently. The revival first premiered on June 22, 2017.
The show was originally created and produced by Chuck Barris, who also served as the host. ‘The Gong Show’ is currently executive produced by Will Arnett and hosted by Mike Myers under the guise of Tommy Maitland, a fictional character. The format of the show is well known for its absurdist humor and style, and the competition often takes a backseat compared to the outlandish nature of some of the acts that have to be performed. Each season, the winner of the show is typically handed a small cash prize.
Talent contests and guest shows are always a rave among audiences. Shows like ‘America’s Got Talent‘ or ‘The Wall‘ targets a wide range of audience and since anyone can take part in these, they feel a lot more inclusive. Moreover, there is always the issue of the prize at hand, which keeps the competitive spirit and thus interest in the show, alive. This series is no different and over the years it has become one of the beloved shows of America with an immense fan base, and it is well-liked by critics too. Read on about it.
The Gong Show Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘The Gong Show’ includes the narrator and the presenter, who remain constant, while the judges might keep changing as some celebrity judges come onto the show, drawing more viewers due to their star power. Obviously, the contestants keep changing over the seasons. In the revival, Mike Myers of ‘Austin Powers‘ fame plays the role of the presenter in the form of a fictional character, Tommy Maitland. It is expected that he will return to host the upcoming season as well. Will Arnett of ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘BoJack Horseman‘ fame plays the part of the narrator in the show, and for an actor who is well known for his robust and distinct baritone, this is the perfect fit. He also appears as a judge in some of the episodes. It is likely that he too will be reprising his role in the upcoming season.
Some of the celebrity judges in the past seasons have included the likes of Megan Fox and Courteney Cox, and we have to wait and see which celebrities will be making their appearance in the upcoming season.