Comedy net, Attell sound the 'Gong' for summer

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The gong is back.

Comedy Central has greenlighted "The Gong Show With Dave Attell," ordering eight half-hour episodes of an updated version of the classic talent show to premiere July 17.

The series — from Sony Pictures TV, Happy Madison and exec producer Andrew Golder (NBC's "Identity") — will feature offbeat acts judged by a panel of three revolving celebrity judges. A talent search is under way.

"Dave is the perfect guy to host this series," said Lauren Corrao, president of original programming and development at the cabler. "His dry, comedic wit paired with the outspoken personalities of our celebrity judges and the outrageous acts will create a fresh take on the famed series."

Holly Jacobs, senior vp syndication and reality at Sony, called "Gong Show" an "iconic" format that will now be introduced to a new generation of viewers.

Added Attell: "Stars will be made; feelings will be hurt."

Attell hosted four seasons of Comedy's "Insomniac With Dave Attell" and recently appeared in his own stand-up special on HBO. He is repped by UTA and 3Arts.(partialdiff)
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