Legendary Television Producer Chuck Barris Discusses His New Novel of a Futuristic TV Game Show

This event was held on May 22, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Legendary producer Chuck Barris virtually invented reality TV with such era-defining shows as The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, and The Gong Show, and later stunned the world with the outrageous revelations in his memoir, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (which became a George Clooney/Drew Barrymore/Julia Roberts film). His new book, The Big Question: A Novel of Reality Television, is a satire of a futuristic game show. Enjoy an evening with the creator of some of the most innovative and groundbreaking television of our time, as Barris shares anecdotes of his famed career and discusses his book. A book signing will follow, with books for sale, courtesy of Nicola's Books. This event is scheduled to be broadcast live on Community Television Network, channel 18.

What Chuck Barris brought to television was spontaneity using ordinary people, and the country tuned in to watch. Barris's use of spontaneity - no right or wrong answers - is generally accepted as the beginning of TV's "reality programming" as we know it today. He also changed the television industry behind the scenes. When the network dropped one of his shows before it ever aired, Barris bought back the pilot and sold the show to local stations one at a time - and first-run syndication, now a multi-billion dollar industry, was born. Beneath the veneer of social satire, Barris' new novel raises some pertinent questions of its own - not only about the state of television, but about the contemporary culture that spawns it.

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