THE GONG SHOW (Thursdays from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET, Beginning on June 21)
The iconic and irreverent talent show competition, “The Gong Show,” makes its way into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a prime-time stage. The show, which is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett, stars celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers as the show’s host – British comedic legend Tommy Maitland.
A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood’s biggest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in this revival of one of TV’s all-time great variety shows. Most performers will go home with their unique talent that only a mother can love; but each week, the winning act with the highest judges’ score will receive “The Gong Show” trophy and a check. This season promises to bring in even more big-name judges and a new gaggle of contestants unafraid to showcase their awesome yet quirky routines.
Returning to helm the gong from last season include executive producer Will Arnett, Dana Carvey, Ken Jeong and Rob Riggle; and making their judging debut are Alyson Hannigan, Jimmy Kimmel, Brad Paisley and Jason Sudeikis – with more to come!
Performers, such as contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, jugglers and dancing dogs, are just some of the dozens and dozens of acts that are set to impress our panel of three celebrity judges. If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the underwhelming performance. But if the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores numerically from 0 through 10. It’s not uncommon for fights to break out amongst the judges when one of them wants to gong an act, while the others want to let them play on. At the end of each show, the winning performer or act with the highest judges’ scores will receive a fabulous “The Gong Show” trophy and a check.
With Tommy as our “cheeky monkey” master of ceremonies, he is sure to keep the fun meter up on high as he attempts to unravel any semblance of sanity on stage. And knowing him, each show will include unscheduled surprises along the way, just to keep things even more entertaining – and just plain weird!
“The Gong Show” is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. “The Gong Show” is executive produced by Will Arnett, Peter Principato, Marc Forman, Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, Mike Myers, Jason Weinberg and Conrad Green. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow, David Bohnert and Chris Choun are co-executive producers.
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