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Apple has won the rights to a script for an hour-long drama series that will see Justin Timberlake star as former "The Gong Show" host Chuck Barris, according to Deadline. The untitled series will be based on "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a 1984 memoir in which Barris claimed that hosting "The Gong Show" was a cover for his real job as a CIA assassin. Barris later admitted that he made up the story.

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"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" was already adapted into a film directed by George Clooney in 2002. The new Apple TV+ series will be co-produced by Paramount Television and Miramax, the latter of which released the 2002 film.

Timberlake recently starred in the Apple TV+ film "Palmer" alongside child actor Ryder Allen, who was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Young Performer. Following the release of "Palmer" in late January, Apple TV+ reportedly set a new weekend viewership record, with a 33% increase over average viewer numbers at the time.

Article Link: Justin Timberlake to Star as Game Show Host Doubling as CIA Assassin in Upcoming Apple TV+ Series
 

vanillaboy

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If done well, this could be brilliant. Somewhere along the lines of Get Shorty (the series, not the movies) or Killing Eve. Dark humor with some reality built in. Hoping for the best.
 
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mannyvel

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This was such a hilarious show. I watched it as a kid and thought it was great. As an adult it's totally crazy. Everyone was drunk, high, or both.

Anyway, unless the show was doing a lot of location shots his story would have been impossible. Plus Chuck looked like he was blitzed most of the time, which is probably why the gong was so damn big - it's hard to miss a gong that big. Drunk assassins probably don't last real long in real life.
 
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Corsig

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So glad there’s others who remember this show. I expected a whole bunch of “What’s a gong show”
 
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Robert.Walter

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This could be good. I hope it isn’t so terribly stereotypical and 0-dimensions as Palmer (which I was looking forward to) or I’ll turn it off after the first 10-15 minutes too.
 
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qoop

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I used to watch The Gong Show on Channel 4 in the UK. I'm not sure there is enough material here for a drama series though.
 
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Orange Bat

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I find it really odd how Apple is leaning on the past for their content. Most of their shows (not all) feature past-their-prime celebrities or ideas of the past. It reminds me of the time that Steve Jobs made a huge deal about The Beatles being on iTunes and people mostly shrugged. They don‘t seem interested in luring a younger demographic, which is not a good way to run a streaming service, IMO.
 
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NetMage

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I find it really odd how Apple is leaning on the past for their content. Most of their shows (not all) feature past-their-prime celebrities or ideas of the past. It reminds me of the time that Steve Jobs made a huge deal about The Beatles being on iTunes and people mostly shrugged. They don‘t seem interested in luring a younger demographic, which is not a good way to run a streaming service, IMO.
Dickinson (sure, set in the past, but current star and updated music)? Ted Lasso? Calls? Cherry? Servant?
 
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Royksöpp

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Isn’t there some other new up and coming actor they could have chosen for this? Someone who doesn’t have a fall back career?
 
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