Breaking news on the Rehashed Nostalgia newsfront today. From the New York Daily News:
“The Gong Show” is returning to television.
The latest incarnation of the hit ’70s talent search will be hosted by comedian Dave Attell and air on Comedy Central beginning July 17. “The Gong Show With Dave Attell” will feature up to 10 acts that will be judged by a revolving panel of three celebrities.
Everything I know about The Gong Show comes from Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was based off of host/creator Chuck Barris’s memoirs, although those memoirs are highly suspect. He claimed to have been a covert operative of the CIA. That sounds about right. If you’ve seen any of the Bourne movies, then you know that most spies also work in some form of on-air talent capacity.
So I was going through the YouTube archives of The Gong Show to see what was up.
And can I just say that I am officially giving up on and standing in opposition to any argument that television has somehow slipped its moral restraints. Like, sure, at some point in our past the television was blissfully free of (painfully lacking) Angelique, and the rest of the cast of Who Wants To Fuck Either A Millionaire Or Someone Pretending To Be A Millionaire. But we’d already been watching this for years:
Stay classy, us. They sure do make them like they used to.