December 08, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Reality
GSN is proud to put the spotlight on one of the game show industry’s most unsung heroes with a special THE CHUCK BARRIS STORY: MY LIFE ON THE EDGE, airing Sunday, December 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET). Narrated by Jim Lange, the special is preceded by a three hour marathon of Barris-created shows (“The Gong Show,” The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game”) on Saturday, December 9 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET).
Interviewees include Barris, Phyllis Diller, Jamie Farr, Bob Eubanks, Gary Owens, Al Michaels, George Clooney and numerous former employees from Barris’ production team.
Barris, who grew up in Philadelphia, was working in Los Angeles when he went to ABC executives in 1965 with an idea for a game show that would change the landscape of television. “The Dating Game,” and its progeny, “The Newlywed Game,” were such big hits that ABC placed them in their primetime line-up. Barris opened his own production company, which was a hugely successful business – and a very interesting place to work — for decades. Still, the general public did not know who Barris was, but that changed when he became host of another of his creations, “The Gong Show.”
Barris became a household name as a result of his outlandish behavior as host of “The Gong Show,” but while a smile never left his face on screen, off screen he was crushed by the harsh criticisms he endured from the press and his peers. He also endured numerous personal tragedies including failed marriages and the loss of his daughter to a drug overdose.
THE CHUCK BARRIS STORY: MY LIFE ON THE EDGE is produced by Asylum Entertainment. Frank Sinton (“Anything to Win,” “Beyond the Glory”) serves as executive producer. Anthony Storm serves as producer.