Anthony Dominici also serves as executive producer.Michigan head coach John Beilein believes that the university will eventually honor the famed “Fab Five,” which remains one of the most iconic teams in college basketball history.The grinning, curly-haired Barris became a familiar face as creator and host of "The Gong Show," which aired from 1976 to 1980.Patterned after the Major Bowes Amateur Hour show that was a radio hit in the 1930s, the program featured performers who had peculiar talents and, often, no talent at all.The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date.Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females.When the latter appeared on the show, Barris would strike an oversize gong, the show's equivalent of vaudeville's hook.
New products included "The Newlywed Game," ''The Parent Game," ''The Family Game" and even "The Game Game."At one point, Barris was supplying the television networks with 27 hours of entertainment a week, mostly in five-days-a-week daytime game shows.
Barris called himself "The King of Daytime Television," but to critics he was "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."As "The Gong Show" and Barris' other series were slipping, he sold his company for a reported 0 million in 1980 and decided to go into films.
He directed and starred in "The Gong Show Movie," a thundering failure that stayed in theaters only a week.
Afterward, a distraught Barris checked into a New York hotel and wrote his autobiography, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," in two months. The book (and the 2002 film based on it, directed by George Clooney) were widely dismissed by disbelievers who said the creator of some of television's most lowbrow game shows had allowed his imagination to run wild when he claimed to have spent his spare time traveling the world, quietly rubbing out enemies of the United States."It sounds like he has been standing too close to the gong all those years," quipped CIA spokesman Tom Crispell.
"Chuck Barris has never been employed by the CIA and the allegation that he was a hired assassin is absurd," Crispell added.