Wacky ’70s variety show “The Gong Show” is being revived by ABC.
It originally ran from 1976 to 1978, before officially going off air as a first-run syndication program in 1989. Actor Will Arnett will be the 10-episode show reboot’s executive producer.
Each episode will feature unique performers found online, who will be evaluated by a panel of celebrity judges. ABC executive Rob Mills said of the show’s revival: “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.”
Arnett, 46, is but one of many big stars transitioning to television game shows, for example: Alec Baldwin hosts “Match Game” and Michael Strahan hosts “The $100,000 Pyramid”.