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'The Gong Show' reboots and 'Boy Band' dances to distract in a new era of tumult

'The Gong Show' reboots and 'Boy Band' dances to distract in a new era of tumult

A woman dressed as Little Bo Peep stuffs a tarantula in her mouth, then plays harmonica. A man dressed in a Sasquatch costume and riding a unicycle plays flaming bagpipes. They’re not to be confused with the piano-playing contortionist or Buddy Lee, the geriatric jump-roping sensation.

If this sounds like an episode of “The Gong Show,” it is, but don’t expect to see Jamie Farr in the judge’s seat or Gene Gene the Dancing Machine busting bad disco moves across the stage.

The ABC production, which premieres Thursday, is a reboot of the 1976 game show where Afros and tube socks reigned supreme and it was always amateur half-hour.

Forty years later, and “The Gong Show”...

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