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Chuck Barris, Part 1

series: Drexel Interview

air date: 11/15/12 11:00 AM

In this spirited interview, which features video clips from selected Barris TV shows, game show producer and author Chuck Barris reveals how he got his start in television and created the classic American games shows, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and The Gong Show. Barris explains that his shows introduced spontaneity on TV, says that he learned much about human nature from his contestants, and states that he always treated his contestants with respect. Producing and hosting The Gong Show five days a week from 1976-1980 forced Barris to come up with ever more outlandish ways to maintain the show's energy; this eventually took its toll on him. Barris reveals that he is no longer involved with television nor has he been involved with revivals of his shows.

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