ABC Orders 'Gong Show' Revival From Will Arnett

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ABC is adding to its game show lineup.

The network has greenlighted a revival of The Gong Show to be executive produced by Will Arnett, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Every episode will celebrate unconventionally talented, unique performers pulled from the internet and put on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood stars will praise, critique and gong contestants. The revival, which has earned a 10-episode order, will tape in front of a live audience.

Arnett's Electric Avenue Productions and Den of Thieves will produce in association with Sony Pictures Television and Principato Young Entertainment. Arnett will exec produce with Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic and Peter Principato. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow and Marc Forman will co-exec produce.

SPT also produced the original, which ran on NBC from 1976-78 and in syndication from 1976-80. The game show returned for one season in 1988 but left the air the following year.

"The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to The Gong Show, so the timing is perfect,"  Holly Jacobs, SPT exec vp, reality and syndication programming, said Monday in a statement. "We've found just the right partners to bring back this iconic original."

The Gong Show is the latest game show to get the reboot treatment at ABC, which also is home to Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game and $100,000 Pyramid. The trio aired as a three-hour Sunday night block during the summer, and helped bolster the network during the typically low-rated summer months. All three were renewed in August.

“ABC has tapped into the nostalgia and excitement of primetime game shows,” said Rob Mills, ABC's senior vp, alternative series, specials and late-night programming. “We are thrilled to add The Gong Show to ABC’s schedule spearheaded by the incomparable Will Arnett.”