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"The Gong Show" review by Eva Diaz  6/23/17
Airs Thursdays 10/9c on ABC

I love game shows, and I used to watch the original "Gong Show" with my family when I was a child.  Therefore, I was interested to see how they would remake the show for 2017. It still has the unusual acts that the panel of judges decide to give points to or gong, depending if one or several of the judges think the act is too bad to judge. The show is no longer family-friendly, though, becuse Mike Meyers hosts it as his persona of British stand-up comedian Tommy Maitland.  The jokes get a little dirty for kids to watch, so I'm glad they chose to air the show at 10 Eastern/ 9 Central.

I enjoy how the acts are still unusual, though, like an opera singer who did an opera-style song about her love for the show's Executive Producer and sometimes- judge, Will Arnett. The first episode also featured a woman who puts her pet spider in her mouth so the spider can help her play the hormonica; a husband and wife team who throw bananas at each other and catch them in their mouths; among other unusual acts.

I think the remake captures the spirit of the original show, and the set is almost the same, with a few changes.  Although I've never been much of a Mike Meyers fan, I think that the show would benefit from him changing characters every episode, since he has such a wide variety of characters that he can do.  I think that his fans would tune in to see which of his characters was on hosting duty, rather than just being limited to seeing Tommy Maitland. I also really have never considered "The Gong Show" a game show, to be honest.  It's more of a variety show, which you don't see as much on TV anymore.

The act that gets the most points from the judges does win money, which is good for them because, although their talents are unusual, the people that come on the show are verry talented. I give this show a 4 out of 5 stars because I really have no idea how a 21st century audience will feel about the show.  They may not watch it because they might not like how quirky it is, or they may love it because they will enjoy laughing at the bad performers and cheering for the good performers. If you want to get a feel for the show, you can probably find clips of the original "Gong Show" on YouTube.


The Gong Show makes it triumphant return to television, as the iconic and irreverent talent show competition makes its way into the 21st century with a bang! Hosted by British comedic legend Tommy Maitland, the show is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett. Every episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

Amongst the celebrity judges confirmed are Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black and Anthony Anderson, with much more to come.

Performers, such as contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, comedians, painters and people who work with scary bugs, are just some of the dozens and dozens of acts that are set to impress our panel of three celebrity judges. If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the underwhelming performance. But if the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores numerically from 0 through 10. It's not uncommon for fights to break out amongst the judges when one of them wants to gong an act, while the others want to let them play on. At the end of each show, the winning performer or act with the highest judges' scores will receive a fabulous "The Gong Show" trophy and a check for $2,000 and 17 cents.

With Tommy as our "cheeky monkey" master of ceremonies, he is sure to keep the fun meter up on high as he attempts to unravel any semblance of sanity on stage, and he may also lead the audience into a sing along to the classic tune "Shaving Cream" at any given moment. And knowing Tommy, each show will include unscheduled surprises along the way, just to keep things even more entertaining and just plain weird!Get ready for the return of television's most irreverent talent show competition, The Gong Show, executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett. Every episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

The Gong Show is produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live audience. The Gong Show is executive produced by Will Arnett, Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic, Conrad Green, Peter Principato and Marc Forman. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow David Bohnert, Chris Choun and Dan Norris are co-executive produce.

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