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Signs of the Apocolypse

‘Gong Show’ set to return to TV

Comedy Central Thursday announced it is bringing “The Gong Show” back to U.S. television with a new version of the classic variety series.

Lauren Corrao, the network’s president of original programming and development, said “The Gong Show with Dave Attell” is to premiere July 17.

The new series will feature eight to 10 “off-beat and hilarious acts” that will be judged by a panel of three revolving celebrity judges, Comedy Central said.

The search for talent has already begun and submissions are being accepted at gongshowcasting@aol.com.

“We are very excited to welcome Dave Attell back to the network and put the Comedy Central touch on such a classic game/variety show,” Corrao said in a statement. “Dave is the perfect guy to host this series. His dry, comedic wit paired with the outspoken personalities of our celebrity judges and the outrageous acts will create a fresh, new take on the famed series.”

“Stars will be made, feelings will be hurt,” Attell warned.

Attell was the creator and host of “Insomniac with Dave Attell,” ran for four season on Comedy Central beginning in 2001.

Yes, I remember Insomniac, in which Dave “played” a foul mouthed sarcastic scruffy drunk, who would visit a different city each week to cruise the late night bars, chat up the hookers, and visit the unusual people who work the overnight shift in various odd businesses. It was slightly funny and slightly educational.

The original Gong Show was perhaps the worst game show that was ever on TV, back in the mid 70s when TV was at its lowest ebb. It was funny in a very painful way; if you could take everything bad about Idol and it’s predecessor Star Search and magnify it ten times, you’d have The Gong Show.

Thanks to Rancino for the link. I think.

Truly we are living in End Times.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/11/2008 at 01:39 PM   
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