“Forgotten Hollywood”- Game Show Guru has Died…

Posted on March 23, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Chuck Barris created a game show empire that included The Dating Game  (with a familiar theme song), The Newlywed Game  (and its theme), and notably, The Gong Show. At one point, Barris was supplying television networks with 27 hours of entertainment, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.

“`After being dropped from a low-level job at NBC, he went to ABC, working backstage at the television music program, American Bandstand  (then filmed in Philadelphia), originally as a standards-and-practices person. Barris persuaded his bosses to allow him to open a Hollywood office, from which he launched his game-show empire. He also found success in the pop music world. He wrote the 1962 hit record Palisades Park, which was recorded by Freddy Cannon.

“`Chuck Barris hit the ground running in 1966, with The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange. Future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Selleck, Michael Jackson, Steve Martin, and a pre-Charlie’s Angels — Farrah Fawcett.  On a personal note, I appeared on The Dating Game on three separate instances. I wasn’t chosen. Boo!

“`After The Newlywed Game joined The Dating Game as successful programming on nighttime television,  he struck gold with a creation of The Gong Show. Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, a radio hit of the 1930s,  each program featured performers with peculiar talents, or often, no talent at all. Barris or celebrities  (such as regulars Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan, Rex Reed and Arte Johnson) would bang an oversize gong, the show’s equivalent of vaudeville’s hook. Their victims would then be berated by the manic host.  Performers enjoying modest fame include The Unknown Comic and Gene Gene The Dancing Machine. This ran for 5 years, finally getting gonged in 1980. CHUCK BARRIS ->

“`After his brand of game show-programming had run its course,  Barris went into semi-retirement, and wrote his autobiography,  Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. In it, he claimed to have been a former CIA assassin. George Clooney produced a motion picture based on the writings of Barris in 2002. Chuck joined George to promote the film, boldly claiming that his shows were a forerunner to today’s reality television programming.

“`The irreverent Chuck Barris was 87.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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