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Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host, Dies at 87

Chuck Barris, ‘Gong Show’ Host, Dies at 87
Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed. He was 87.

His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized Autobiography”), he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied. “He also fabricated his life because it might have been the best way of getting at the truth. The truth was that back when he was the Jerry Springer of his day, he couldn’t stomach being attacked for doing something he considered harmless,” wrote Joel Stein in Time magazine.

The multi-talented game show creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows.

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“Dating Game” Host Jim Lange Passes Away

Adding to the growing list of 2014 celebrity deaths, Jim Lange died of a heart attack at the age of 81 in his Mill Valley, California home on Tuesday (February 25).

As the original host of “The Dating Game” back in the 1960s and 1970s, Lange had the opportunity to rub shoulders with celebrities like Farrah Fawcett, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and Michael Jackson.

Lange’s wife Nancy told press, "As much as he's known for his television work, his real love was radio. He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized."

To that end, Jim had once noted, "[With radio] you don't have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that. Good radio is still the most fun. It always will be. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave."

In addition to his “Dating Game” run and local radio jobs, Lange also hosted “Hollywood Connection,
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Katy Perry Helped Deliver a Baby in a Living Room!

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Katy Perry Helped Deliver a Baby in a Living Room!
Katy Perry helped deliver a baby on Wednesday - Wonderwall Daphne Oz welcomes a baby girl - People The truth about Janet Jackson's divorce rumors revealed - Et Robin Thicke fought to save his marriage, but apparently his wife didn't - Us Weekly Jessica Alba reveals that acting feels like a "drug" - Lainey Gossip Taylor Swift was reportedly warned to stay away from Cara Delevingne - Gossip Girl Leah Remini left Scientology for her daughter - BuzzFeed Jim Lange, the first host of The Dating Game, has died - HuffPost Celebrity What will happen to Paul Walker's final film project? - Hollywood Reporter Miley Cyrus is making out with which female singer now? - TooFab Paula Deen says she's "like that black, gay football player" - Newser How many of Liam Neeson's top 10 movies have you seen? - Rotten Tomatoes
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Jim Lange Dead -- Original 'Dating Game' Host Dies at 81

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Jim Lange -- host of "The Dating Game" -- one of the biggest game-type shows in the history of TV -- is dead.Lange was a huge presence on the show ... which pitted 3 bachelors against each other to impress a girl ... and the end game was a date. Lange was spectacularly charming and very funny.Among the bachelors who appeared on the show -- Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  And get this ... Farrah Fawcett
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R.I.P. Jim Lange

Jim Lange, the first host of the iconic 1960s and ’70s game show The Dating Game, died Tuesday of a heart attack in his Mill Valley, CA home. He was 81. Lange hosted the game show for more than a decade after it debuted in 1965, and over those years played host to contestants including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Farrah Fawcett and Arnold Schwarzenegger competing for the right to win a date by answering questions that were intended to illicit PG-13 responses well before there was such a thing as PG-13. Lange, a St Paul, Mn native, would go on to host other game shows like Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game. He also had a long career in radio in La and San Francisco, and was an DJ in the Bay Area before he retired in 2005.
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Jim Lange dies; Celebrate 'Dating Game' host's life with these celebrity clips

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Long before roses were being handed out on "The Bachelorette," ABC brought us "The Dating Game," where a cute bachelor or bachelorette would interview three eligible suitors without being able to see them and then pick one to go on a date.

Jim Lange was the original host of the show, appearing from 1965 to 1980. He passed away this week at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy tells the Associated Press. In honor of Mr. Lange, here are some of the famous faces who appeared on "The Dating Game."

Some were on because they were famous, like a young Sally Field, who was starring on "Gidget" in 1966. But the funniest ones are the pre-fame celebrities, like Farrah Fawcett, Bob Saget, John Ritter and Phil Hartman. Enjoy!
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Jim Lange, The Dating Game Host, Dead at 81

Jim Lange, The Dating Game Host, Dead at 81
Before The Bachelor and Bachelorette and all the tawdry looking-for-love shows on the air today, there was The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange. On Tuesday, sadly, the former ABC personality died of a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, Calif., his wife Nancy Fleming said, per USA Today. He was 81. Lange hosted The Dating Game from its debut in 1965 through 1985. His hosting tenure included many celebrity guests as contestants, including Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck and a pre-Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett. After Lange stepped down from The Dating Game, he went on to host Hollywood Connection, $100,000 Name That Tune and The New Newlywed Game. He...
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Jim Lange Dies, Dating Game Host Was 81

Jim Lange Dies, Dating Game Host Was 81
Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday. Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants. Even a pre-Charlie's Angels Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program,
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Jim Lange Dead: Dating Game Host Dies at 81

Jim Lange Dead: Dating Game Host Dies at 81
Jim Lange, the first host of The Dating Game, died on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The game show host was 81. Lange's wife Nancy Fleming confirmed to the Associated Press on Wednesday that her husband passed after suffering a heart attack at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. The St. Paul, Minn., native is best known for his career as host of ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1964. After appearing on the show for more than a decade, he went on to host other game shows including [...]
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‘The Dating Game’ Host Jim Lange Dies at 81

‘The Dating Game’ Host Jim Lange Dies at 81
San Francisco (AP) — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show “The Dating Game,” has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told the Associated Press Wednesday.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s “The Dating Game,” which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, playing host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others, appeared as contestants.

Even a pre-”Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett appeared on the program, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.

The show’s format: a young man or woman questions three members of the opposite sex, hidden from her view, to determine which one would be the best date.
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Jim Lange Dead: 'Dating Game' Host Dies at 81

Jim Lange Dead: 'Dating Game' Host Dies at 81
San Francisco (AP) — Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81. He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday. Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC's The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin. He also played host to many celebrity guests. Michael Jackson,

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Jim Lange, Host Of 'The Dating Game,' Dies At 81

Jim Lange, host of The Dating Game, died on Tuesday, Feb. 25 of a heart attack at the age of 81. Lange’s wife, Nancy Fleming, confirmed the news, adding that he died in his California home.

Lange hosted The Dating Game for 20 years, from the show’s inception in 1965 to 1985. After his successful run on The Dating Game, Lange moved on to host Hollywood Connection and The Newlywed Game, among other television contests. During his years at The Dating Game, Lange crossed paths with many celebrity contestants, including Michael Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, something he said was one of the highlights of his television career.

“The best memories [from The Dating Game] are working with the wonderful people who were on the show. Over the years we had, I guess, almost every celebrity who was single, from Michael Jackson to Burt Reynolds to Tom Selleck. They all came through the show, even Groucho Marx. So
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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the Century: Jim Perry
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Congrats to Jim Nabors and His Husband! To Celebrate, Let's Pick the Greatest "Gomer Pyle" Episode

Jim Nabors is a TV icon thanks to his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., but he just renewed his legend in a cool and heartwarming way -- by marrying his male partner of 38 years, Stan Cadwallader. Nabors has long resided in Hawaii, but he and Cadwallader tied the knot in Seattle. Said Nabors, "“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”

And so am I. So much so that I'm posing a very difficult, Nabors-themed question: What's the best Gomer Pyle U.
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Review: Thursday TV in the Silly Season

With new summer programming like what's on display tonight, it's enough to make you miss reruns. (Well, hello, CBS! We can always count on you to do things the traditional way — at least until Big Brother returns next month.)

You could do worse than re-watching Leonard's date with Penny on The Big Bang Theory, or Person of Interest's Reese protecting Astro from last season's The X Factor or Cho's first meeting with Samaire Armstrong on The Mentalist. You could do far worse.

You could, for example, watch your brain cells atrophy by tuning into Fox's hardly-fit-for-cable combo of goofy new meat-market dating shows. (The Dating Game's Jim Lange, I miss you.) In Take Me Out (8/7c), which might as well be called Date Or No Date, it's the guy on display, trying to charm a "flirty 30" bevy of bimbos before they turn out the light on their podium,
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'American Idol' Producer Rebooting 'Name That Tune'

Iconic game show Name That Tune could be returning to television. American Idol and The X Factor production company FremantleMedia has secured worldwide rights to the property from Prestige Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by Vulture, the music-themed game show that first ran from 1953-1959 on NBC and CBS is being rebooted for a modern audience, with Fremantle becoming the latest to attempt the Tune revival. The series, which also ran in syndication from 1974-1981 and again in 1984 with host Jim Lange, featured contestants competing for cash prizes as they attempted

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Convicted Serial Killer Appeared on 'The Dating Game'

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Convicted Serial Killer Appeared on 'The Dating Game'
This just in from our "Department of Stories That Will Keep You Up at Night By Reminding You that the World Can Be an Awful, Horrible, Rotten Place." We probably need to rework the title.

Rodney Alcala, a serial killer convicted for the deaths of four women and a child, appeared as "Bachelor No. 1" on a 1978 episode of 'The Dating Game' hosted by Jim Lange. And here's the most f-ed up part, he won!

Buzzerblog found the actual episode on YouTube, that never-ending fountain of "Keyboard Cat" entertainment, of Alcala competing for the heart of one Cheryl Bradshaw. CNN also talked to one of his fellow bachelors who described him as "obnoxious" and "creepy," which incidentally is how most people describe what it feels like to watch a full episode of 'The Dating Game.'

 

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The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game: Love Is in the Air... and on Gsn

Want to know Bachelor Number One's idea of the perfect date? Think you've got your new spouse all figured out? Those are the burning questions the Game Show Network (Gsn) aims to answer with its modernized revival of two game show classics; The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

Starting in 1966 on ABC, The Newlywed Game has enjoyed multiple runs that have spanned the 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's. Most incarnations were hosted by Bob Eubanks whose dry, quick humor proved a perfect foil for flustered contestants trying to guess how their spouses had answered purposely suggestive questions.

The Dating Game launched in 1965 on ABC and enjoyed several runs through the 60's, 70's and 80's as well. Dating Game was presented by a number of hosts over the years, most notably Jim Lange. Like Dating Game, slyly worded questions were used to produce hilarious responses as contestants interviewed potential suitors.
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Kim Coles, Judy Gold on hosting duty

Kim Coles, Judy Gold on hosting duty
GSN has tapped Kim Coles and stand-up comedian Judy Gold to host the pilots for The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, respectively.

The cable network is prepping new versions of the popular 1970s game shows, which are Sony-owned titles, that will incorporate modern elements like online dating sites. Michael Davies is executive producing both shows through his overall deal at Sony Pictures TV.

As for the hosts, GSN senior vp programming Jamie Roberts said this month that the network was looking for "unusual candidates to take these shows and reinvent them."

Newlywed often is identified with Bob Eubanks, who hosted most of the show's incarnations, though Jim Lange, Paul Rodriguez and Gary Kroeger were featured in some editions. Dating has been hosted by Lange, Elaine Joyce, Jeff MacGregor, Brad Sherwood and Chuck Woolery.

Coles is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.

Gold is repped by Rain Management Group.

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