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The Rubberbandits make Us debut on The Almost Impossible Game Show

12 October 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

New bonkers series The Almost Impossible Game Show is coming to MTV tomorrow, October 13, with Irish duo the Rubberbandits set to steal the show. The pair — think classic Chuck Barris The Gong Show meets American Ninja Warriors with a whiff of Kentucky Fried Movie — will give running commentary during the stunts. It’s basically a case of tune in for the epic fails, but stay for the Rubberbandits — Ireland’s answer to Jackass-meets-Trailer-Park-Boys with a hefty dash of Insane Clown Posse. These Limerick-based smartasses will be one of the best things about the series, which guarantees failure in some of the more »

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Will Arnett to Produce 'The Gong Show' Reboot for ABC

4 October 2016 6:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

ABC plans to bring back The Gong Show, a game show that started in the Seventies, with Will Arnett as executive producer, according to Deadline. The program, a talent contest between amateurs with unusual skills, features a live audience, celebrity judges and goofy prizes. Judges whack a gong to indicate that one of the performers is too bad to continue his or her act.   

The Gong Show was originally created by Chuck Barris, who also served as host for part of its run. The program initially appeared on NBC during »

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The Gong Show: ABC Orders Game Show Revival with Will Arnett

3 October 2016 5:28 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Paging the Unknown Comic. ABC has ordered a reboot of The Gong Show TV series, from Will Arnett, who is executive producing for his Electric Avenue Productions.Created and produced by Chuck Barris, the original version of The Gong Show premiered on NBC in 1976 and ran through 1978. It also aired in first-run syndication from 1976 to 1980 and 1988 to 1989. Barris hosted the amateur talent competition both on NBC, and in syndication, from 1977 to 1980.Frequent celebrity guests panelists on the original series included: Trixie Dejonge, Jaye P. Morgan, Gary Owens, Jamie Farr, Arte Johnson, Rip Taylor, Phyllis Diller, Anson Williams, Jo Anne Worley, and Rex Reed.Read More… »


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The Gong Show Reboot a Go at ABC

3 October 2016 7:29 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Stop us if this has a familiar clang to it.

ABC is rebooting another classic game show, this time the cheesy ’70s competition series The Gong Show, TVLine has confirmed. The network— already home to revitalized throwbacks $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game and To Tell The Truth — has placed a 10-episode order for a new version of the ’70s favorite, which is being exec produced by Will Arnett.

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“ABC has tapped into the nostalgia and excitement of primetime game shows,” said Rob Mills, Svp, Alternative Series, »

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9 Crazy Things We Learned From Pee-wee Herman's 92Y Event

23 March 2016 7:39 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Paul Reubens, the actor-comedian behind everyone's favorite gray-suited manchild Pee-wee Herman, may be the worst person to ask about the character's legacy. Before a rare public screening of Pee-wee's Big Holiday at New York's 92nd Street Y Tuesday night, the writer-actor sat down with film critic Joe Neumaier to discuss his career arc from his early days with improv legends the Groundlings to TV icon and film star. A talk with the affable Reubens is more of a free-association, meandering conversation than a standard Q&A, as the hour-long chat »

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