Thursday, December 7, 2023

Justin Timberlake to play Gong Show host (and CIA assassin?) Chuck Barris for Apple TV+

After starring in the well-received “Palmer” movie, Justin Timberlake is teaming up again with Apple TV+  for an hour-long drama series that will see 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 made (to put it mildly) suspect claims that being the Gong Show host and creator of game shows like “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game” was cover for his real job: CIA assassin who took out enemies of the state in the 1960s and 1970s. The book was turned into a film that George Clooney directed with Sam Rockwell playing Barris.

The show is a co-production between Miramax (which released the 2002 film) and Paramount Television Studios.

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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.