Saturday, June 24, 2017

Doing my duty

First, a confession. I never much liked the original Gong Show. It was icky-poo and stupid when it wasn't downright cruel to some of the performers.

Second, a review. I don't much like ABC's revival of the show, either. I won't go into a long dissertation on how Gong Show isn't a real game show, though of course it's not. It's just a talent contest gone nutty. But the show got grandfathered into the genre a long time ago, so I did my duty and watched the reboot's premiere.

Truth be told, I watched ten minutes of it. Mike Myers hosted in an artificial face that didn't move very well. The panelists were three guys who wandered in. The three acts ranged from mildly entertaining to gross to weird.

The sort of entertaining guy played the piano in unusual bodily positions. At least I could recognize the tune. The gross girl put a tarantula in her mouth and played a harmonica. No tarantulas were harmed in the making of this act. The weird guy rode wore an ape suit, rode a unicycle and played the bagpipes...all at once. What talent!

Nobody got gonged, as I recall. For those who like the weird, the gross and the mildly entertaining, this show might be for you. I'll stick to game shows.

The Nielsen Company wasn't overly amused, either. 3.9M viewers and a 0.9 18-49 rating. That might be enough to save Gong Show from the gong, or it might not be. I'm not worried either way.

1 comment:

  1. I was kind of weirded out by Myers disguise. He sort of looked like Robin Williams. The show wasn't horrible. I got a laugh out of it at times. I might stick to Celebrity Feud and Pyramid. At least it won't gross people out.

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